Occupational scientists are interested in enhancing understanding of the everyday occupations human beings engage in within a variety of life realms.
Occupational scientists examine the contributions of occupation to individuals and collectives (e.g. health, identity, collective capacity) and the issues that influence the occupations individuals and collectives want to, need to and are able to engage in.
30 to 40% of occupational scientists are from fields such as sociology and anthropology, business and administration, health sciences, and others. The majority of occupational scientists are occupational therapists and occupational therapy educators/researchers.