|Quick Facts: Occupational Therapists|
$85,570 per year
$41.14 per hour
|14% (Much faster than average)|
What Occupational Therapists Do
Occupational therapists evaluate and treat people who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities to help them with vocational, daily living, and other skills that promote independence.
Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, schools, and outpatient clinics. They stand for long periods and may need to lift or move clients.
How to Become an Occupational Therapist
To enter the occupation, occupational therapists typically need a master’s degree in occupational therapy. All states require occupational therapists to be licensed.
The median annual wage for occupational therapists was $85,570 in May 2021.
Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 10,100 openings for occupational therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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More Information, Including Links to O*NET
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