Occupational Therapists (OTs) use everyday activities as therapy to help people overcome injury, illnesses, and disabilities. You can find OTs in a variety of settings, from schools to hospitals to corporate offices.
According to US News, OT ranked number 19 out of 100 in The Top 100 Jobs of 2021. And according the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the OT job market is expected to grow upwards of 17-percent by 2030, making occupational therapy one of the fastest growing professions in health care.
Here are a few predictions for OTs in 2022.
Positive Career Outlook for OTs
1. Expected job growth:
With an aging population in the US, the demand for OTs is expected to grow. And with health care becoming increasingly specialized, specialty training for OTs can further increase job security and earning potential.
2. Increased demand for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants:
Not only are OTs in high demand, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) are as well. COTAs have an associate degree in an OT-related subject and can practice in similar settings as OTs. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for COTAs to increase 34-percent by 2029. Not to mention, this is one of the highest-paying jobs you can get with an associate degree.
3. Increased reliance on OTs across industries:
With a career in OT, you can choose from a variety of practice settings, including health care, social services, public safety and training, and education. While health care has the highest demand for OTs, other industries are employing OTs to manage health and safety measures for their staff. An OT’s versatility in education and training reinforces the profession’s job security. 4. An open job market for new graduates: The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) recently reported that 86-percent of new graduates received their first job offer within 3 months of graduating.
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