'Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.' (WFOT 2012)
Occupational therapy was ranked as the 7th best job in 2012. For all member states of COTEC the growth from 2007 and 2010 is 11%. Yet Finland saw an increase of 32%, Switzerland of 22%, Greece of 39% and Ireland even 244% of occupational therapists.
In Europe, in most countries a diploma or a Bachelor of Science degree leads to professional qualification and licence to practice as an Occupational Therapist. The European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is aimed at qualified Occupational Therapists who wish to continue their academic and professional development.