Fields and Specialisms
As a qualified occupational therapist, you could consider working as a practitioner, researcher, manager, lecturer or consultant. Within occupational therapy there is the option to work in different fields, such as social care, mental health, education, learning disabilities or physical rehabilitation. There are also a wide range of practice specialisms to choose from, such as eating disorders, hand therapy and substance misuse and you may wish to specialise in working with children, adults or older people.
You can also decide whether you want to work for someone else or for yourself, in the community, in a hospital, or in a university educating future occupational therapists. The profession continues to develop new areas of practice, so there are many options that you can consider. Occupational therapy jobs exist in a number of settings, including:
- charities and voluntary agencies
- commercial and industrial organisations
- disabled living centres
- equipment companies
- government agencies
- housing departments
- local community services
- NHS and private hospitals
- private practice
- schools, colleges and universities
- social services and social work departments
- wheelchair services
- hostels for the homeless
- residential care homes
- Some occupational therapists choose to work for themselves or set up social enterprises. For more information see the self employment sections of this site.
See Finding and Applying for jobs in Occupational Therapy for more information.