Non-Clinical Occupational Therapy Careers – Part 1

Occupational therapy and patient care typically go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Many of us enter the profession believing that we will sparkle and shine and be the best versions of ourselves when working with patients.

The reality is that patient care is not for everyone.

Don’t feel ashamed or like you’ve failed as on OT just because you’re not into patient care. There are many non-clinical occupational therapy jobs out there that might interest you more than you might have expected!

We created this article to show you that there are other ways to use your degree, outside of a clinical setting, and share exactly how to do that! 

When we chose to go into a profession like Occupational Therapy, we always knew there were so many areas to be a clinician.

I bet you were never told about all the other non-clinical areas where occupational therapist could work.

The beauty of OT as a profession is we are masters of independence and a jack of all trades.

We can take the skills we learned from our foundational classes and apply it to a variety of other non-clinical positions to make our lasting impression that we do through our “therapeutic use of self.”

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About Matthew Alpert, OTR/L

Matthew Alpert, OTR/L
Graduate of Touro College currently practicing as an Occupational therapist at C.J. Allen Upper Extremity & Hand Therapy and educating young minds as Adjunct faculty at Nassau Community College.

6 comments

  1. Linh nguyen

    Love this post! Very helpful, thank you! What kinds of equipment sales companies offer jobs for OTs? Are these for items like adaptive equipment?

    • Dominic Lloyd-Randolfi

      Hi Linh. Glad you liked the article! A lot of jobs in sales for OTs revolves around adaptive equipment. Last year in school I took a class on robotics and most of the salesmen and women that spoke to us were former OTs. Pretty cool, right? If you ever go to the AOTA conference, you will see a lot of product booths with people selling all sorts of stuff!

  2. HAMZA EZZENJE

    That’s awesome post!!!! Can COTA be certified in CAPS?

  3. Brittany Ferri, MOTR/L, CCTP

    I really enjoy this article! Just another reason I love being an OT: the options are endless. Even if you feel yourself burning out or wanting to step away from patient care a bit, you don’t have to enter another field to get a change of pace. In turn, that deters people from leaving the field entirely. Thank you for this!

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