Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase by 26 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more detailed information about job outlook and income information.
Who is a good fit for occupational therapy practice?
People who enjoy finding multiple, creative solutions to challenges, are flexible enough to thrive when each day, sometimes each hour is different, and are comfortable when there is not a single, right answer to a problem.
The entry-level degree is a master's in occupational therapy. Therapist's must complete supervised internships in a variety of health care settings, and pass a national examination in order to practice the profession. Most states also regulate occupational therapy practice by requiring a license and continuing education.
The majority of OTs work in school systems, and medical and long-term care facilities. However, there are many other areas of practice such as:
• Ergonomics consulting
• Driver rehabilitation and training and transportation alternatives
• Design and accessibility consulting and home modification
• Low Vision Services
• Private practice community health services
• Technology and assistive devices development and consulting
• Health and wellness consulting
• Addressing the psychosocial needs of children and youth
Saint Louis University faculty are active in developing new and unique areas of practice such as:
• Working with homeless children & families
• Life skills training for children & youth with Asperberger's Syndrome & Autism
• Sensory Processing Disorders
• Life skills for prisoners
• University students mental & social health
• Displaced workers
• Transition planning for young adults with developmental disabilities
• OT in primary family care
Occupational Therapy was listed #34 on CNNMoney/PayScale's 2013 100 Best Jobs in America, based on big growth, great pay and satisfying work. money.cnn.com.
Occupational Therapy Ranked #7 for the Best Job in 2012 according to The Wall Street Journal.