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Occupational Therapists

Health Science

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Occupational therapists work in hospitals clinics rehabilitation centers and other medical facilities.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $31,064 - $198,543


Occupational therapists are trained to view a person holistically in the context of their daily lives. Occupational therapists in the Military provide direct patient care, readiness training, wellness education, and injury prevention to service members. They plan and administer therapy to help patients adjust to disabilities, regain independence, and prepare to return to work.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for occupational therapists primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers working in healthcare they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities orientation to military structure healthcare and etiquette traditions and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Desire to help others
  • Interest in developing detailed plans and treatments
  • Patience to work with people whose injuries heal slowly