Occupational Therapy

Earnings Potential

  • The median salary for an Occupational Therapist is $60,614 annually.
  • The average expected salary for an Occupational Therapist in Home Care is $63,197.
  • The highest 10% can earn an average of $81,600 per year.
  • An Occupational Therapist Assistant can earn an average of

    $38,430 annually.

Facts at a glance

  • Employment is projected to increase much faster than the average, as rapid growth in the number of middle-aged and elderly individuals increases the demand for therapeutic services.
  • Beginning in 2007, a master’s degree or higher in occupational therapy will be the minimum educational requirement.
  • Occupational therapists are increasingly taking on supervisory roles, allowing assistants and aides to work more closely with clients under the guidance of a therapist, in an effort to reduce the cost of therapy.
  • More than a quarter of occupational therapists work part time.

Summary of what this career entails

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational therapists help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. They also help them to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Occupational therapists help clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. Their goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

Examples and or details of work

On October 22, 2006 MedicalNewsToday.com reported that Occupational Therapy can improve independence in stroke survivors because it can reduce the risk of deterioration after stroke. Patients who participated in after-stroke rehabilitation therapy showed that they were able to perform self-care tasks and were able to maintain these abilities.



According to the University of West England, Bristol, the Global Occupational Therapy Society presented Global Living Film Festival which is intended to raise the profile of occupational therapy by capturing people’s imagination through film. It is intended to be a platform for debate and as an opportunity for people to find out about occupational therapy.

Degrees that lead to this career

The minimal level of education or training an individual can receive is a certificate. Some of the degrees an individual can attain include:

  • Certificate in Occupational Therapy Aide
  • A.S. in Occupational Therapy
  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy
  • PhD in Occupational Therapy

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Occupational Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos078.htm

MedicalNewsToday.com. 22 Oct.2006. 03 Nov. 2006. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=54459&nfid=crss.

Salary.com. 2000-2006. 03 Nov. 2006. Salary.com. 2000-2006. 02 Nov. 2006. http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/layouthtmls/swzl_compresult_national_HC07000013.html

University of the West of England, Bristol. ”Global Living Film Festival 2006.” 03 Aug. 2006. 03 Nov. 2006. http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/UWENews/article.asp?item=800&year=2006.

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