A degree in occupational therapy is one that teaches you to assist people throughout different stages of their lives to participate in the activities that are necessary. An occupational therapist is trained to work with specialized populations such as children with disabilities, the elderly, or those who are recovering from injury. Their main training is to provide support for both the needs of an individual both physically and cognitively. You will learn to set goals with patients and to train, or retrain, them to carry on with independence in their everyday lives. The goal of an occupational therapist is to make sure that the individual is first taught, and then to make sure that the original goals set are maintained.