Occupational Therapist

Facilitating activities of daily life

Occupational therapists (OTs) understand how our minds and bodies work together, as well as and how injury, illness, or mental health problems affect the activities or occupations we do every day.

They work on solving problems and teaching new skills to enhance people’s ability to do activities or occupations that are important to them.

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$38.90 - $57.63 per hour

Other benefits


Occupational therapy degree


  • Work with patients to identify the activities or occupations are most important to them in their particular situation
  • Identify what makes activities difficult and work with the patient to find a solution
  • Help patients learn new ways of doing things
  • Help patients improve physical and emotional ability
  • Adapt materials or equipment they use and make changes to their home and work life

Work Collaboratively

  • Work directly with patients one-on-one
  • Collaborate with other therapists and rehabilitative specialists, nurses, physicians, educators, employers, and community organizations
  • Provide leadership and work guidance to occupational therapy assistants and students
  • Work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, community health centres, continuing care facilities, clinics and within client homes

Make a Difference

  • Help develop patients’ ability to do the activities most important to them
  • Identify challenges and work with patients to develop solutions
  • Help patients learn new ways of doing things or how to use adaptive equipment
  • Promote health, prevent disability, and develop or maintain abilities
  • Promote and facilitate people’s independence and dignity

Grow Your Career

  • Teaching, coaching, or mentoring other occupational therapists
  • Additional training/education
  • Healthcare leadership and management
  • Health system administration

Additional Information

To learn more about a career as an occupational therapist in our province visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).