occupational therapist


Occupational therapists assist individuals or groups who have occupational limitations due to diseases, physical disorders, and temporary or permanent mental disabilities, in regaining their ability to perform daily activities. They provide treatment and rehabilitation to enable them to actively participate in society, to live their lives according to their wishes and to perform those activities that are meaningful to them.

Alternative label

  • vocational rehabilitation counsellor

  • expert occupational therapist

  • practitioner of occupational therapy

  • rehabilitation counsellor

  • expert practitioner of occupational therapy

  • rehabilitation therapist

  • ergotherapist

  • specialist in occupational therapy

  • activity therapist

  • specialist occupational therapist

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals/qualifications-recognition_en


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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