What people don't know about my job: OT got its start in, and was the functional mainstay of psychiatric institutions. OT was well known for using basket-weaving and daily activities to help the patients stay "occupied". We have evolved into a multi-dimensional profession, but have still retained the respect for the psychological needs and considerations of the patient
What keeps me going: Hand therapy is a very gratifying job. Every day I get the chance to wake up and treat another awesome patient!
Preparation needed: A masters in Occupational Therapy, followed by 4,000 hours of training and experience in hand and upper extremity rehab to sit for the hand certification exam. Currently there are 5,900 certified hand therapists in the world.