|Quick Facts: Occupational Therapists|
$93,180 per year
$44.80 per hour
|12% (Much faster than average)|
Occupational therapists evaluate and treat people who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities to help them with vocational, daily living, and other skills that promote independence.
Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, schools, and outpatient clinics. They stand for long periods and may need to lift or move clients.
To enter the occupation, occupational therapists typically need a master’s degree in occupational therapy. All states require occupational therapists to be licensed.
The median annual wage for occupational therapists was $93,180 in May 2022.
Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 9,600 openings for occupational therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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Learn more about occupational therapists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.