If you truly love helping others get back on their feet again, then occupational therapy could very well be the field for you. Occupational therapists are responsible for treating ill, injured, and disabled patients through therapeutic use of everyday activities. They are trained to help individuals develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily working and living. Most occupational therapists work in hospitals while the rest of them work in nursing homes and schools. Occupational therapists spend most of their time working one-on-one with patients helping them get back on their feet.
Becoming an Occupational Therapist
An occupational therapist is responsible for helping patients improve the way their nervous system currently functions. They have the ability to help these individuals develop the skills they need to make it through their everyday lives. Motor, social, academic, and personal skills have to be re-learned by a lot of these patients. That is why an occupational therapist must have a Master’s degree and be licensed in their state in order to practice occupational therapy. It requires a great deal of skill to help these patients re-learn many of the things that most of us take for granted.
They also help people who have developmental disabilities such as Autism and ADHD. The help these patients with motor planning, body awareness, motor movements and coordination, gross motor coordination, and self-regulation. Occupational therapists have the ability to help these young individuals develop the basic skills they need to enjoy their lives.
Dentists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the mouth, teeth and gums. In addition to performing extractions, root canals and tooth replacements, dentists provide preventive care and oral hygiene advice. Dentists typically use anesthetics to help patients minimize pain during procedures. They also perform and examine x-rays of the mouth. These professionals may practice general dentistry or work in specialized area. Some dentists work weekend or evening hours to accommodate their patients’ schedules.
Dental school generally lasts four years and results in a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. Programs may be accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (www.ada.org). Some states require a degree from an approved program for state licensure. During the first two years of dental school, students focus on classroom and laboratory studies in health and dental science. Courses may include oral pathology, periodontics, dental anesthesia, orthodontics, radiology
and pharmacology. The last two years of dental school emphasize clinical practice in which student’s diagnosis and treat patients under the supervision of dental instructors.
Dentists traditionally make over $140,000 a year if they run their own practices. The more experience you have the more of a yearly salary you will earn.