Imagine a career in which you could make a comfortable living doing something that would not only change your life for the better, but improve the lives of everyone you work with. When you choose to pursue work in the field of occupational therapy, that is exactly what you’re doing.
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider a job as an occupational therapist – and what you can do with your training, once you have it:
What is Occupational Therapy?
An occupational therapist has the unique task of working with people of all ages and helping them achieve better, more comfortable, and functional lives. They do this using typical daily tasks – also referred to as “occupations” – in a therapeutic setting and application. With practice and supervision, these patients are able to learn how to perform these tasks in a way that will train their bodies and minds to grow stronger, more focused, and more capable in their everyday lives.
What are Some Applications for Occupational Therapy?
The word “occupational” makes many people believe that these professionals only work with those who are currently or previously employed or are of employment age. However, children and the elderly are some of the most referred for occupational therapy – and often see the biggest benefits.
Children with disabilities can be helped to enjoy more normal, inclusive, and rewarding lives during their school years through occupational therapy. Elderly patients and those with long-term disabilities can enjoy more freedom of movement and independence with regular therapy attendance. Though these rewards are not work-related, they certainly do make occupational therapy “work” for these patients!
Unlike short-term physical therapy that is often used to help athletes, surgical patients, or injured clients recover from a specific event, occupational therapy is unique in that it is geared toward long-term use. It also yields long-term benefits, since it helps patients break their goals down into smaller, more attainable ones, and helps them maintain focus on the future. This makes it great for those facing uphill battles with chronic illnesses or long-term disabilities that may not have a cure. Can you think of anything more rewarding than bringing hope to patients in those populations?
For more information and to find occupational therapy jobs in Seattle and beyond, contact Concentric Healthcare Staffing. We help match skilled medical professionals and the top-quality agencies and facilities seeking their talents every day to create fulfilling careers for those who aspire to make a difference. Contact us today to learn more!