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Occupational Therapist Job Outlook

The Occupational Therapist Job Outlook is very good. Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much better than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer's disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb

The demand for occupational therapists will increase as the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life. Specifically, occupational therapists help senior citizens maintain their independence by recommending home modifications and strategies that make daily activities easier.

Occupational therapists also play a large role in the treatment of numerous conditions commonly associated with aging, such as osteoarthritis and Parkinson's disease. Patients will continue to seek noninvasive outpatient treatment for long-term disabilities and illnesses, either in their homes or in residential care environments which, in turn, will increase opportunities for occupational therapists. In addition, medical advances now enable more patients with critical problems to survive patients who ultimately may need extensive occupational therapy

Job opportunities should be good for licensed occupational therapists in all settings, particularly in acute hospital, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings where the elderly receive most of their treatment.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor


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Job Outlook for Select Health Professions
by Projected Job Growth from 2010 to 2020
:
52% - Veterinary Technicians
44% - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
39% - Physical Therapists
38% - Dental Hygienists
37% - Audiologists
37% - Counselors
36% - Medical Scientists
36% - Veterinarians
33% - Emergency Medical Technicians
33% - Occupational Therapists
33% - Optometrists
32% - Pharmacy Technicians
31% - Dental Assistants
31% - Medical Assistants
30% - Physician Assistants
29% - Cardiovascular Technologists
29% - Opticians
28% - Chiropractors
28% - Radiologic Technologists
28% - Respiratory Therapists
26% - Registered Nurses
25% - Pharmacists
25% - Social Workers
24% - Physicians and Surgeons
23% - Speech Language Pathologists
22% - Health Services Management
22% - Licensed Practical Nurses
22% - Psychologists
21% - Dentists
21% - Health Information Technicians
20% - Dietitians
20% - Podiatrists
19% - Nuclear Medicine Technologists
19% - Surgical Technologists
17% - Recreational Therapists
11% - Clinical Laboratory Technicians
9% - Occupational Safety Specialists
6% - Medical Transcriptionists
0% - Dental Lab Technician




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