Occupational Therapist

What They Do:
Evaluate clients (individuals, organizations, or populations) and their ability to perform activities at home, school or work.  Their services are provided to promote health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing and illness, disease, injury, etc. 


  • Masters or doctoral level degree

  • Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) – certification

What They Make:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income was $84,950 per year.                                        

Where They Work:

  • Hospitals

  • Clinics

  • Rehabilitation facilities

  • Long-term care facilities

  • Private practices

  • Schools, camps

  • Clients’ own home

  • Community agencies

Job Outlook:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects occupational therapist employment growth of 16% between 2019 and 2029, adding 22,700 more professionals to the 143,300 existing jobs in this field. 


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Therapists,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm (visited December 2020).

Updated December 2020