Occupational Health Therapist

Occupational therapists develop individual and group programs with people affected by illness, injury, developmental disorders, emotional or psychological problems and ageing to maintain, restore or increase their ability to care for themselves and to engage in work, school or leisure. They also develop and implement health promotion programs with individuals, community groups and employers. They are employed in health care facilities, in schools, and by private and social services agencies, or they may be self-employed.

Essential Skills

(the number in brackets indicates the level of ES)


Program Locations in Alberta

  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Program Contact

Program Description

  • Occupational therapists (OTs) help people get back to meaningful everyday activities. They work with people of all ages who have experienced an illness affecting physical or mental health, an injury, or a disability. Occupational therapists must complete an accredited occupational therapy program. The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) will grant academic accreditation only to occupational therapy programs that lead to a master’s degree in occupational therapy.
  • Master of Science – Occupational Theraphy
    • https://www.ualberta.ca/rehabilitation/departments/occupational-therapy/msc-in-occupational-therapy
    • The master degree program is a professional program designed to address practice and theoretical issues within a broad range of settings. It is a year-round, full-time program and can be completed within 26 months of study in either Edmonton or Calgary. A minimum of 28 weeks of fieldwork is required to complete the program. Learn more about placement requirements and pre-requisites. Upon completion of their degree, students will be able to evaluate programs, participate in research, and critically appraise current assessment and intervention options. Graduates qualify to practice as Occupational Therapists in Canada after writing the national CAOT examination and registering with their appropriate provincial college. Graduates also qualify to write certification examinations in other countries.  The program is also offered in Calgary. The program is a combination of in-person instruction as well as videoconferencing and online instruction delivered from the Edmonton or Calgary campuses.

Program Length & Cost

(as indicated on Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website)

  • Master of Science – Occupational Therapy – 4 Years 7,074.00 + $3,000.00 Books & Supply + $1,800.00 Mandatory Fees ( Year One)

Occupation Outlook

  • Above average is the expected occupational growth in Alberta for 2013-2017. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions. Occupational therapists may be employed by or work on a contract basis for community agencies, health care organizations such as hospitals, continuing care facilities, rehabilitation centres and clinics, schools or post-secondary institutions, government or insurance agencies, the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), lawyers’ offices, professional organizations. These employed in community programs or private practice may offer services such as medical or legal evaluations. Those who are self-employed often provide consulting services to various levels of government. In Alberta, 83% of people employed as occupational therapists work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry. The employment outlook will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry), location in Alberta, employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions), occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before), size of the occupation. Over 1,900 Albertans are employed in the Occupational Therapists occupational group which is expected to have an annual above average growth of 3.0% from 2013 to 2017 in Alberta. It is forecasted that about 57 new positions will be created each year in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.


  • Average Salary: $74,695.00 | Average Wage: $46.29

Resources – ALIS profile, NOC, IAF