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Licensing and Careers: OTD

Occupational therapists are a vital part of the health care team. As a graduate of the Institute’s OTD program, your skills will be in high demand.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Learn more about NBCOT.

To practice as an occupational therapist you must also be licensed in the state where you intend to practice. Requirements vary from state to state, however state licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification exam.

Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT exam or attain a state license. Students are urged to contact NBCOT or the state licensing agency for further information.

Career Opportunities

Employment for occupational therapists is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all professions. According to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report ranking of the top 100 jobs, occupational therapy ranks 23rd.

According to the 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, the median annual earnings for occupational therapists were $80,150.

  • The middle 50 percent earned between $66,040 and $96,590
  • The lowest 10 percent earned $53,250
  • The highest 10 percent earned $116,030

Factors driving growth in the OT profession

The increasing elderly population and the need for integrated services for school-age children with disabilities are two major factors driving growth in the OT profession.

Graduates of the OTD program will find employment in various practice areas. These include traditional medical and rehabilitation settings, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient practices, school systems, community health programs, private practice, and work and industry. Changes in the health care environment, coupled with AOTA's Centennial Vision for the profession, have led to emerging practice areas in health and wellness, productive aging, and disability and participation.

Furthermore, being doctorally trained, you will be well positioned to define and shape the future of occupational therapy practice.

For more information about occupational therapy careers, please visit the job outlook section on the AOTA website.

Career Services

The MGH Institute provides Career Services for students and alumni.

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