In my opinion OT is probably one of the hardest jobs to explain, partly I think, because it can mean different things to different patients/clients/service users.
In essence it is defined as:
...the assessment and treatment of physical, mental and social conditions or problems using specific, meaningful and purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life." NHS Careers 2011.One quote which I am particularly fond of is this:
"Occupational Therapists help people LIVE not just EXIST."
OTs can work in these areas;
Physical rehabilitation, Mental health services, Learning disability, Primary care, Paediatrics,
Environmental adaptation, Care management, Equipment for daily living, Research posts – role emerging, Social exclusion, Forensics etc.
..and in these places;
Community centres, Education establishments, Hospitals, Industrial and commercial organisations, Residential and nursing homes, Social services and council departments, Schools, Charities and voluntary agencies, Prisons etc.
I don't know about you but I think its a pretty amazing job to have!