Career Opportunities

Occupational therapists address physical, mental, emotional and developmental needs for clients of all ages. Moreover, occupational therapy jobs are available in a variety of areas including schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient service providers, home health, early intervention and academia.

Doctoral degrees are becoming increasingly necessary in order to meet the complex demands of healthcare. Occupational therapists will need to pursue doctoral education in order to compete and exert leadership in the educational and healthcare services arenas.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*, the median pay for an occupational therapist in 2018 was $84,270 per year or $40.51 per hour. Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapists with doctoral degrees can take a leadership role, effecting policies and strategies that help people with a variety of challenges including but not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Therapists, on the Internet at  


Career Outlook

Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $62,680 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $54,229 estimated salary of graduates from this program.
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Employment Outcomes

Graduate Occupations

Occupational Therapists

Public Relations & Fundraising Managers

Education Administrators, Preschool & Childcare Center

Directors, Religious Activities & Education

First-Line Supervisors of Production & Operating Workers

Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specialists

Graduate Employers

Arkansas Early Learning, Inc.

Building Blocks, Inc.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Early Intervention Program

Evergreen Rehabilitation, Inc.

Green Park Lutheran School Assn.

Graduate Job Titles

Occupational Therapist

Academic Director

Assistant Director

College Faculty

Director of Operations

Production Supervisor

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