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 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm  

 

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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