Job Growth & Career Paths

US News & World Report ranked occupational therapy as No. 17 on its "Best Healthcare Jobs” list and No. 28 on its “100 Best Jobs List” in January 2020.

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

SPECIALTY AREAS OF PRACTICE 

  • 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