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Occupational Therapist

What they do:
Evaluate clients (individuals, organizations, or populations) and their ability to perform activities at home, school or work.  Their services are provided to promote health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing and illness, disease, injury, etc. 


  • Masters or doctoral level degree

  • Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) – certification

What they make:
The median annual salary for occupational therapists was $80,150 in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The best-paid 10% in the profession made $116,030, while the lowest-paid 10% made $53,250. Occupational therapists who work for scientific research and development services are generally compensated the best.

Where they work:

  • Hospitals

  • Clinics

  • rehabilitation facilities

  • long-term care facilities

  • private practices

  • schools, camps

  • clients’ own home

  • community agencies

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects occupational therapist employment growth of 27% between 2014 and 2024, adding 30,400 more professionals to the 114,600 existing jobs in this field.



Updated February 2017