Illustration of a doctor in an exam room working on a computer

Sample occupational therapist job description

At [Organization X], we work to provide the highest quality of rehabilitative care to patients. Every day, our expert team of occupational therapists delivers comprehensive care to patients of all ages, demonstrating superior knowledge of rehabilitation procedures with empathy and kindness. We’re currently looking to hire a new member for our team — someone who has the expertise to bolster our existing strengths and is passionate about providing excellent patient care.

Objectives of this role

  • Devote knowledge, skills, and energy to helping patients have a better quality of life
  • Assess patient needs and develop a therapy plan that appropriately addresses them
  • Establish good working relationships with patients and their families so that clinic can provide the highest level of rehabilitative care
  • Serve as primary source of information about occupational therapy for patients and caregivers in the community


  • Conduct assessments of each patient’s occupational performance in everyday activities and formulate diagnoses based on evaluative findings
  • Develop appropriate and meaningful treatment plans for a high level of patient care, with measurable goals and realistic timelines, using an occupation-based activities approach
  • Assess patient progress during treatment and adjust methods when necessary
  • Work effectively with a variety of patients who have acute and long-term physical disabilities
  • Document and communicate patient progress in medical records and for procedural transparency

Required skills and qualifications

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in occupational therapy
  • License to practice occupational therapy where practice is located
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, caregivers, and other occupational therapists
  • Passion for providing patients with accurate and empathetic therapy

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Three years of experience as an occupational therapist
  • Analytical skills for collecting information from diverse sources in order to solve complex problems