31203 – Occupational therapists

Broad Occupation Category

3 - Health occupations


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

31 – Professional occupations in health

Broad Occupation Category

312 – Therapy and assessment professionals

Broad Occupation Category

3120 – Therapy and assessment professionals

Occupational therapists develop individual and group programs with people affected by illness, injury, developmental disorders, emotional or psychological problems and aging 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.

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Example Titles

  • Case manager occupational therapist

  • Clinical occupational therapist

  • Community occupational therapist

  • Occupational therapist (OT)

  • Occupational therapy rehabilitation consultant

  • Research and development occupational therapist

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Employment Requirements

  • Occupational therapists may progress to management or administrative positions through further training and experience.

  • Occupational therapists may specialize in working with specific populations such as children or adults, or persons with distinct problems such as dementia, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, or provide special interventions such as return-to-work programs.