Is occupational therapy a good field in California?

Most jobs for OTs (and OTAs – occupational therapy assistants) are in a nursing home setting. They tend to have a high turnover rate.

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Before taking pre-req courses for OT (or any field), please job shadow/observe in the various departments that administer OT, including a *physical rehabilitation hospital* that treats patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), spinal cord injury/paralysis, stroke (“brain attack”) which is a type of brain injury, other neurological disorders, hip/shoulder/knee replacement, amputated limbs or such – *pediatric hospital* – *nursing home/long-term care facility* or such.

Just an fyi that the OT field may be both psychologically (mentally) and physically draining albeit I'm sure rewarding.

Please also be aware that OTs (and occupational therapy assistants/OTAs) have certain *liabilities* such as if the patient actually “falls down” or gets burnt from a heat pack while in therapy.

My cousin had gone to school for OTA and has suggested taking “medical terminology” (may or may not be a pre-req course) and get certified in first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

A major requirement to becoming an OT (or OTA) is getting a passing score for the clinical fieldwork placements of which the students will receive feedback (“constructive criticism”) from the clinical supervisor about one's performance while having an actual patient caseload.

With regard to schooling (for any field), please do *avoid* those private For-profit schools such as devry, ITT tech, strayer, U of P, capella, argosy, westwood and others. Their course credits usually do NOT transfer to other schools, even if the for-profit school is regionally accredited as opposed to only nationally accredited.

Please instead consider the more affordable community college and/or the state-public university as long as the program is accredited within the industry.

For general career info: http://www.bls.gov/ooh and can search.