Employment for occupational therapists is expected to grow 16 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all professions. According to the 2016 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.