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Occupational therapists

When injury, age or disability slows us down, it can be difficult to remain active and mobile. Put your altruistic tendencies to good use helping clients recover from an illness or injury, resume daily activities, return to work or continue to live independently.

Average salary37$ / hour


Occupational 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.


  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Social

Each profession is associated with a combination of three initial letters corresponding to one of the six RIASEC profiles. Profile combinations are determined based on skills, fields of interest and certain personality traits.

Main tasks

  • Analyse clients' capabilities and expectations related to life activities through observation, interviews and formal assessments
  • Develop intervention programs to address clients' needs related to self-care, work and leisure activities
  • Maintain clients' records
  • Establish personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Consult and advise on health promotion programs to prevent disabilities and to maximize independent function in all activities of life
  • May supervise support personnel and students and provide training.
* 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.




Occupational therapy

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Avenir en santé (EN)

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This trade is in highest demand in these regions:

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Mauricie
  • Estrie
  • Outaouais
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Lanaudière
  • Laurentides
  • Montérégie

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