Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists work with people who have a physical or learning disability or mental illness, actively engaging them in purposeful activities in order to maximise self-confidence, independent functioning and well-being.


New workers
£ 18,838
£ 32,260
£ 48,234

Available jobs

In the past year there were 47,999 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Maintains patient records, manages caseloads.

  • Counsels clients in ways to promote a healthy lifestyle, prevention of illness and/or preparation for coping with increasing stages of illness.

  • Makes home visits to clients, families and carers to organise support and rehabilitation and assist them to deal and cope with disability.

  • Trains students and supervises the work of occupational therapy assistants.

  • Liaises with a wide variety of other professionals in planning and reviewing ongoing treatments.

  • Devises, designs, initiates and monitors carefully selected and graded treatments and activities as part of the assessment and intervention process.

  • Considers the physical, psychological and social needs of a patient that may result from illness, injury, congenital condition or lifestyle problems.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Rehabilitation

  • Mental Health

  • Clinical Governance

  • Physical Therapy

  • Auditing

  • Service Development

  • Treatment Planning

  • Clinical Reasoning

  • Risk Analysis

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Planning

  • Leadership

  • Research

  • Teaching

  • Time Management

  • Teamwork

  • Presentations

  • Problem Solving

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.