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Lead statementOccupational therapists develop individual and group programs with people affected by illness, injury, developmental disorders, emotional or psychological problems and ageing to maintain, restore or increase their ability to care for themselves and to engage in work, school or leisure. They also develop and implement health promotion programs with individuals, community groups and employers. They are employed in health care facilities, in schools, and by private and social services agencies, or they may be self-employed.
- community occupational therapist
- occupational therapy rehabilitation consultant
- case manager occupational therapist
- research and development occupational therapist
- occupational therapist (OT)
- clinical occupational therapist
- A university degree in occupational therapy including supervised fieldwork is required.
- Completion of a national or provincial certification examination is required.
- Licensure with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.
- Membership in the national association, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, is required in some provinces.
- Occupational therapists may obtain expertise in a particular area through additional training or experience.
- Occupational therapists may progress to management or administrative positions through further training and experience.
- Directors of occupational therapy
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