Careers

Earning Potential

Median Annual wage as of 2015: $80,150

AOTA Picture

Job Outlook

In 2014, occupational therapists held about 114,600 jobs. Around half of the occupational therapists in the workforce were employed in OT offices or hospitals. A great portion of OTs work in schools, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, or home health. Some are self-employed in private practices; these practitioners have clients referred to them by other health professionals., families, educators, and clients themselves.

The profession is projected to grow 27% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information about the field of occupational therapy, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or the American Occupational Therapy Association.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Occupational Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm (visited September 06, 2016).

Licensure Requirements

Each state has its own licensing requirements. Graduates must take the responsibility to ascertain and conform to the specific credentialing requirements of the state in which they plan to practice. State credentialing requirements are based on passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.