Occupational Therapists

General Information

Description

Assess, plan, and organize rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays. Use therapeutic techniques, adapt the individual's environment, teach skills, and modify specific tasks that present barriers to the individual.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit51.70%
  2. Private, not for profit23.99%
  3. State and local government15.78%
  4. Self-employed7.14%
  5. Federal government1.10%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 17 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 10,100 openings for occupational therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$86,280

Military salary*

$77,220

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State-by-state Salary

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$105,440
$72,550
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 86%
  • Bachelor's degree 13%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Medicine and Dentistry

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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