Occupational Therapy Jobs

Occupational Therapy Job Overview

Occupational therapists work in hospitals, medical offices, and nursing home facilities around the world. They work with sick, injured, and disabled patients to improve their health and quality of life. Occupational therapists strive to help patients recover and work closely with them to improve their skills. The most common job duties of an occupational therapist include:

  • Talking to patients and asking them questions about their health and other aspects of their lives
  • Reviewing patients’ medical histories
  • Evaluating a patient’s therapy needs
  • Developing detailed treatment plans for patients that includes specific goals and activities
  • Helping people of many different levels of ability learn new skills and regain functions
  • Demonstrating exercises that patients must do
  • Evaluating the living environments of patients to determine how they can be altered to help fulfill their dynamic needs
  • Educating a patient’s loved ones on how to best help the patient
  • Assessing the progress of patients and making a record of that progress

Occupational therapists need to be strong because they are sometimes working with people in heartbreaking situations, and they always need to be calm, cool, and collected to best serve the patients that they help.

Occupational Therapy Job Education Requirements

Most occupational therapy positions require that applicants have at least a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Additionally, occupational therapists must be licensed or registered. All states require that they pass the national exam that’s given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapists. There are doctoral degrees in occupational therapy as well, and that path is recommended for those who want to have a competitive edge and be able to more easily garner the top positions in the field. Also, there are several types of certifications available through the American Occupational Therapy Association for those who want to increase their knowledge level or establish a specialty. Occupational therapists oftentimes work alongside doctors and nurses to help patients move towards recovery.

Occupational Therapy Job Market

Between 2012 and 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a growth of approximately 29 percent in occupational therapy jobs. That means that there will be around 146,100 occupational therapy jobs available in 2022. Job opportunities will be most plentiful in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and orthopedic offices because that is where the growing elderly population will receive treatments from occupational therapists.

Occupational Therapy Job Salary Information

Occupational therapists earned an average annual salary of approximately $75,400 in 2012. The top healthcare professionals in the position earned upwards of approximately $107,070 per year, and the low-end average salary is $50,500. Most occupational therapists work full-time, and they may need to work nights and weekends to best accommodate the needs of patients.

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Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Occupational Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Y...
Tracking Code 201446 Job Description PRN Home Health OT needed for Deaconess Home Care - Oneida, TN. Providing service to the following counties: Scott, Campbell, Morgan, Fentress. The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equ...
Tracking Code 201564 Job Description Access Home Health Agency part of the LHC Group The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equipment, and other occupational therapy needs as defined by medical conditions. Based on this asse...
Tracking Code 201975 Job Description PRN Home Health OT needed for UT Medical Center Home Health - Knoxville, TN The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equipment, and other occupational therapy needs as defined by medical co...
Tracking Code 202016 Job Description Louisiana Home Care of Springhill, a proud member of LHC Group has an immediate need for a PRN Occupational Therapist The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equipment, and other occupatio...
Tracking Code 202573 Job Description Troy Regional Medical Center Home Health part of the LHC Group The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equipment, and other occupational therapy needs as defined by medical conditions. Bas...
Tracking Code 203201 Job Description The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equipment, and other occupational therapy needs as defined by medical conditions. Based on this assessment and evaluation, the Occupational Therapist...
Tracking Code 203290 Job Description Access Home Health Agency part of the LHC Group The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equipment, and other occupational therapy needs as defined by medical conditions. Based on this asse...
Tracking Code 203318 Job Description Access Home Health Agency part of the LHC Group The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equipment, and other occupational therapy needs as defined by medical conditions. Based on this asse...
Tracking Code 203433 Job Description Alabama HomeCare part of the LHC Group The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of patient care needs related to functional status, activities of daily living, fine motor coordination, home assessments and adaptive equipment, and other occupational therapy needs as defined by medical conditions. Based on this assessment an...
CRA Therapy specializes in providing school-based pediatric therapy services. We have become a trusted industry leader, providing quality special education services for our school partners across the United States. Our special education services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, sign language interpreting, school psychology, and more. CRA Therapy strives to empower s...

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Occupational Therapist

Salaries

$46,000.00 - $95,680.00
Typical Salary for Occupational Therapist
(207 Respondents)
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Education / Training

Master's
57.6%
Bachelor's
24.7%
High School
8.2%
Associates
3.5%
Doctorate
3.5%
(85 Respondents)
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