From the time we get up to the time we go to sleep, we humans are busy doing things. Occupational therapists call these activities “occupations”.
The activities performed in our daily lives from brushing teeth to riding a bike can either bring fulfillment or they can create stress and imbalance. Occupational therapists study these activities with the goal of increasing positive function, health, and happiness.
Occupational therapists work in many different settings. You will find OTs in hospitals from acute care to the neonatal intensive care unit. You'll also find OTs in schools, pediatric and adult rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, in office spaces working to improve ergonomics and in architecture firms working to improve accessibility.