Occupational therapists analyze clients’ capabilities and expectations related to life activities through observation, interviews and formal assessments. They develop intervention programs to address clients’ needs related to self-care, work and leisure activities, establish personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and consult and advise on health promotion programs to prevent disabilities and to maximize independent function in all activities of life.
$20.58 – $49.86
$40,122 – $97,227
Occupational therapists (3143)
Case manager occupational therapist
Clinical occupational therapist
Clinical occupational therapy specialist
Community occupational therapist
Community practice occupational therapist
Home care occupational therapist
Occupational therapist (OT)
Occupational therapist vocational evaluator
Occupational therapy rehabilitation consultant
Research and development occupational therapist
Research occupational therapist
Vocational evaluator occupational therapist
A university degree in occupational therapy including supervised fieldwork is required.
$20.58 - $49.86
$40,122 - $97,227
Employment outlook is mostly good across provinces. More information is available here.
Occupational therapists may obtain expertise in a particular area through additional training or experience.
Complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised fieldwork experience (on-the-job training)
Having health-related undergraduate education a master’s in Physiotherapy is usually required. Some examples of master’s program:
MSc. in Occupational Therapy at University of Alberta
Master of Occupational Therapy at University of British Columbia
MSc Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University
Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy MSc (OT) at Queen’s University
Excellent communication skills; empathetic; ability to work independently, Physical and mental stamina; Critical thinking skills
Occupational therapists may specialize in working with specific populations such as children or adults, or persons with distinct problems such as dementia, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, or provide special interventions such as return-to-work programs.
Enter into a MSc. program.
The entry to master’s program is very competitive. To compensate that one can start with a diploma and experience in Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
After completing the master’s and supervised training, a licence or registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories. Licensing related information and support can be found from Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists