Occupational Therapy Programs - Career Outcomes

Analyzing a workspace for ergonomic safety. Helping a patient, post-surgery, find a way to cook dinner that doesn’t cause pain. Designing a community program that gets people with developmental disabilities living independently. Occupational therapists can play a role in all this, and more. Whatever path you choose in this profession, you’ll make a tangible difference in people’s lives. And your work will be valued.

Increasingly Needed, Increasingly Rewarding

Today’s occupational therapists earn a median annual salary of $81,690, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the fastest growing fields in America, job market growth is anticipated at 27% by 2024. These two factors add to the appeal this career offers for those who want to help others and their communities.

And as fast as it is rising, the profession is also becoming more diverse. Emerging practice areas include:

  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Older driver safety
  • Home safety modifications for older adults
  • Working with premature newborns
  • Helping after traumatic injury or stroke
  • Helping those with mental illnesses
  • Developing safer, healthier workplaces and environments
  • Assisting schoolchildren who have learning disabilities

Where You May Work

Jobs in community settings continue to grow as well. Occupational therapists assist those coming out of crisis situations or with mental illnesses in getting back into the flow of life. You may work in a hospital, community health center, or in social services. You’ll connect people with local resources as you teach them ways to maintain wellness, improve quality of life, and stay out of the hospital.

Those with diseases and conditions ranging from chronic pain to relatively common surgeries, such as hip replacement, benefit from having an occupational therapist on their recovery team. You’re vital in providing new solutions to doing everyday tasks and to preserving people’s independence as their physical abilities change.

Occupational therapists can pursue other careers outside individual or community treatment. Universities and hospitals alike need teachers, trainers, and researchers. Your specialized knowledge can also shine through in health communications, publications, and even new apps for healthier daily living. In business or government regulations, occupational therapists can help research or set safety standards, ergonomics, and processes that protect good health.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you have questions about careers in occupational therapy or the USciences professional program, please contact Judith Parker Kent at 215-596-8493 or j.parkerkent@usciences.edu. You can also contact our Office of Career Services at 215-596-8735.


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