About the OT Profession

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Occupational therapy (OT) is a great field that combines sciences/medical knowledge with psychology and working directly with clients of all ages in a personal and meaningful way. The outlook for occupational therapy continues to be very good and has consistently ranked high in best jobs. According to U.S. News & World Report (January 2014), the profession of OT was ranked #9 in Best Health Care Jobs and #13 in The 100 Best Jobs. The growth rate is expected to be 29% through 2022. The median pay has been recorded as $75,000. Most entry level occupational therapists will have a starting pay between $50,000 and $70,000.

OT Goals:

Occupational therapists evaluate and treat individuals of all ages across the lifespan. The goal of OT is to promote participation and independence in life’s occupations including areas such as: activities of daily living (e.g. bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, meal preparation, etc.), homemaking skills, work skills, transportation issues, play, leisure, educational, etc.

Occupational Therapist (OT) Jobsites:

Occupational therapists work in many different settings such as:

  • Schools
  • Early Child Intervention
  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Mental Health Institutions
  • Home Health
  • Outpatient Centers
  • Private Practice, etc.

What is AOTA?

See the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website for additional information regarding a career in OTAOTA

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