Occupational Therapy Career Outlook

Occupational Therapists are certainly getting their share of the spotlight these days. These health care professionals are vital members of the rehabilitation team who work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations to facilitate health, well-being and justice through engagement in occupation (Townsend & Polatajko, 2007). Occupational therapists are becoming increasingly involved in addressing the impact of social, political and environmental factors that contribute to exclusion and occupational deprivation (White, 2000).

It has been identified by CNN.Money as one of the Best Jobs in America for 2010 based on Money and Payscale rankings, garnering the 19th slot. It has also been featured by HubPages America as one of the Top 20 Best Career Choices for 2020, ranking at No.3.

The links to the above online articles can be accessed through the links in the references.


CNN.Money. (2010). Best Jobs in America. Retrieved October 24, 2010 from website http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/2010/snapshots/19.html

Inglish, P. HubPages America. Top 20 Best Career Choices for 2020. Retrieved on October 24, 2010 from website http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-20-Career-Choices-for-2010

Occupational Deprivation: Global Challenge in the New Millennium, Whiteford (2000), British Journal of Occupational Therapy Volume 63, Number 5, pp. 200-204(5)

Townsend, Elizabeth A. and Helene J Polatajko. (2007). Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an Occupational Therapy Vision for Health, Well-Being & Justice Through Occupation. Ottawa: CAOT Publications ACE. ISBN 978-1-895437-76-8

Participation and Environment Measure Survey (PEP): A New Parent Survey

Hello everybody!

I am helping some colleagues and peers at Boston University with a research grant project. If you are a parent of a child 6-16 years old (with or without disability) and residing in Canada or the United States, you are encouraged to take the PEP survey online at this link and win an iPod Touch. To participate, click here.

The Participation and Environment Project (PEP) is a federally funded project through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education. This project involves collaboration among researchers in the United States (Wendy Coster, Boston University and Gary Bedell, Tufts University) and Canada (Mary Law, McMaster University). Here is an excerpt from the letter sent to me by my former BU professor, Mary Khetani, MA, OTR:

“For the past two years, we have been working closely with parents, researchers, and service providers to develop the Participation and Environment Measure-Children and Youth Version (PEM-CY), an online survey to gather parent input about how their children participate in typical activities in the home, at school, and in the community. Parents are asked to report on the kinds of activities their children participate in, how often and how much they participate, whether or not they desire change and if so what type(s) of change, and what helps and/or hinders their child’s participation in each environment. We designed this survey to gather information to enable policymakers to be more responsive to the participation related needs of families.”

Thank you.

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Occupational Therapy Helps Individuals Live Life to Its Fullest

Occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience, and “best practices” that have been developed and proven over time.

“Occupational therapy is a lease to living a full life. It is about giving a person a second chance at doing the things that are at once meaningful and important to a person who is otherwise hindered by an injury, an illness or a disability. For some people, it can be as simple as keeping a good grip on a spoon during meals, or enabling a person to bathe and dress himself without help. Or it can be as complex as teaching the skill to ask for assistance, or to develop the skill to problem-solve, or to care for someone else.”

– Iris Luanne De La Calzada, MS, OTR/L

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors. This is accordance to the profession’s ethos which is stated as follows.

“Time, place, circumstance open paths to occupations: We are pathfinders. Occupational therapy fosters dignity, competence and health: We enable occupation that heals. Occupational therapy is a personal engagement: We co-create daily lives. Caring and helping are vital to the work: We reach for hearts as well as hands. Effective artistry is both art and science: We are artists and scientists at once.”

– Suzanne M. Peloquin, Enhancing the Profession’s Image. OT Practice Magazine.

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