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After World War I occupational therapists have been a wonder of help to many people in a variety of ways The need to help disable veterans stimulated this growth Occupational therapy is the use of practice activities to treat physical or mental disabilities First to get into the occupation you have to have a bachelors degree thus certificating you in this field Four years of college training leads to the degree of bachelor in science in occupational therapy Addition to the four year of college a clinical training period of six to nine months is required to qualify Some colleges permit students to take clinical practice during summer or part of their senior year I college While your enrollment in college some science courses you may take are anatomy physiology neurology psychology and sociology Clinical subjects include general medical and surgical conditions Other subjects may include creative arts educational projects and recreational activities Masters and doctoral programs are offered for occupational therapist seeking careers in teaching administration and research Upon graduation and completion of the clinical practice therapist is eligible to take the examination administered by the American Occupational therapy Certification Board Those who pass may use the initials OTR after their name Many hospitals require that their occupational therapist be registered A license to practice is required by almost all states Applicants for a license must have a degree or certificate from an accredited education program and pass the national certification examination Employment of occupational therapist helps about 73000 jobs in 19998 Most of these jobs were in hospitals including rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals Others were in office clinics home health agencies nursing homes and adult daycare centers Some occupational therapists are self-employed in private practices They see clients referred by physicians or health professionals Median annual earnings of occupational therapist were 48230 in 1998 The middle earning or 50 were from 39140 to 68570 and highest 10 earned more than 86540 a year
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