Work and Industry

Occupational therapy practitioners help people with disabilities or struggling to find or keep a job to be successful in the workplace. In addition to helping those with physical and cognitive disabilities, they address concerns such as ergonomics, and issues related to aging. By offering a path to financial independence, they help reduce overall health care costs.  

Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.

The Fact Sheets below provide information on occupational therapy’s role with a variety of conditions related to work.

Work & Industry

Work Rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy Services at the Workplace: Transitional Return-to-Work Programs

Returning to Work With Cognitive Impairments

Functional Capacity Evaluation


Occupational Therapy Practitioners & Ergonomics

Ergonomics and Occupational Therapy: Improving Workplace Productivity

Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities

Supporting Community Integration and Participation for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Facilitating Employment of Individuals With Developmental Disabilities - pdf, 764 kb

Other Resources

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep - pdf, 603 kb

Occupational Therapy's Role in Health Promotion - pdf, 3.1 mb

The Role of Occupational Therapy for Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity - pdf, 889 kb