Occupational Therapy

The Profession

Our Field

Occupational Therapists

  • Help people do the day-to-day activities that are important and meaningful to their health and well-being.
  • Work collaboratively with individuals, families, caregivers, and other groups whose life patterns and ability to engage in valued occupations have been altered as a result of various circumstances (i.e. cognitive or developmental problems, injury or illness, social or emotional dysfunctions, or the aging process).
  • Evaluate a patient's physical health through a variety of tests including range-of-motion, gait and functional analyses and other diagnostic tests.
  • Work in hospitals, community health centers, home health agencies, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes, industrial facilities, schools, private homes, wellness programs, and research facilities.

Source: Texas H.O.T. Jobs

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Occupational Therapists (OT) was projected to grow by 21% from 2016 to 2026. Demand for occupational therapists will come in part from the large number of aging baby boomers, who are staying more active later in life than their counterparts of previous generations. U.S. News & World Report reports that in 2021, the median salary for OTs is $85,570.

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