Job Growth & Career Paths

US News & World Report ranked occupational therapy as #13 in their ranking of the 25 Best Jobs of 2019.

Occupational therapists can work in a broad range of environments, from hospitals, rehabilitation centers to schools, medical offices — even clients’ homes. Research, academia and policy/regulatory work are also possible career paths.

Overall, the job outlook for occupational therapists is strong, with higher-than-average growth as compared to other occupations:

Selected Career Paths


  • Administration
  • Clinical work
  • Environmental modifications
  • Higher education
  • Outpatient rehabilitation
  • Regulatory work
  • Systems case management
  • Advocacy
  • Daycare/Preschool day programs
  • Ergonomics
  • Home health
  • Pediatrics
  • Research
  • Work capacity evaluation
  • Consulting
  • Driving + community mobility
  • Geriatrics
  • Mental health
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Senior community centers
  • Worker’s compensation