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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.
Job Opportunities and Salary
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.
Where You May Work
Occupational therapists 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. Occupational therapists assist people in getting back into the flow of life.
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, industries, 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, many resources are available to you through the American Occupational Therapy Association. You can also contact our Office of Career Services at 215-596-8735, or the department directly at 215-895-3123.
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600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
888-996-8747 or 215-596-8810