Careers in Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is one of the fastest-growing professions in America today. Employment opportunities in occupational therapy are projected to rise as rapid growth in the number of older adults increases the demand for therapeutic services. The increased recognition of developmental and learning disabilities in children will also increase the demand for occupational therapists. Occupational therapists are increasingly working in emerging practice areas such as low vision rehabilitation, older driver safety, and home safety/home modifications.
As an occupational therapist, you may work in a variety of settings, including:
- Mental health clinics
- Rehabilitation centers
- Outpatient clinics
- Private practices
- Senior centers
You may help patients with diagnoses such as
- Cerebral palsy
- Learning disabilities
- Hand injuries
Graduates of the Department of Occupational Therapy earn competitive salaries immediately following graduation. The current annual starting salary according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013) for an occupational therapist is $77,890. Effective 2007, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education required all new graduates of OT programs to have a minimum of a master’s degree. USciences DrOT puts you ahead of the game, setting you up to be a leader in the burgeoning occupational therapy field.