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Careers in Occupational Therapy

OT is a “Best Career”

U.S. News and World Report listed occupational therapy as #14 of the best 100 jobs and #9 of the Best Health Care Jobs of 2014. Their criteria include job outlook (availability of work) and high job satisfaction, among others. Read more here.

Increased Demand for OTs

Student in OT with group

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that OT employment is expected to increase 29 percent between 2012 and 2022 due to a growing aging population, early diagnosis of developmental needs in young children, and technological advances that improve survival in individuals with disability. This means that many graduates are receiving multiple job offers, able to choose the one that fits them best.


Salary depends on the state and the field in which OTs work. Visit the U.S. Department of Labor site for the latest salary information.  Visit AOTA to read more about the career of occupational therapy.

Career Development Center


Jefferson’s Career Development Center offers students comprehensive career development services for all aspects of the job search from developing resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, designing effective job search strategies to negotiating job offers. Students supplement their independent job search by attending two annual job fairs and searching for employment on the active online job board.

Employment Options

Occupational therapists work with patients of all ages who are dealing with all kinds of challenges in a variety of settings. This table gives a basic overview.