Name: Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Position: Department Chair & Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy Named 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.

Increased Demand for Occupational Therapists

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that Occupational Therapy 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. These changing factors mean that many graduates are receiving multiple job offers and are able to choose the one that fits them best.


Salary depends on the state and the field in which occupational therapists work. Visit the U.S. Department of Labor for the latest salary information.  Visit American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to read more about the career of occupational therapy.

Career Development Center

Thomas Jefferson University’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.