One of the most wanted jobs in 2019 – Occupational Therapist

An occupational therapist’s responsibility is to provide medical help to individuals who suffer from functional disabilities that prevent them from leading fully functional, healthy and independent lives.

Similar to physiotherapy, occupational therapy career may require that you have to be skilled at working with other people, especially patients who are disabled.

Occupational therapists use physical contact with their patients to help them in doing stretches and exercises properly and safely.

Good communication skills are also important since occupational therapists explain how and why to do exercises, how to successfully complete certain tasks and how to manage mental tasks.

Eligibility Criteria

Passing the 10+2 exam in physics, chemistry, biology, and English with at least 45 to 50 percent marks, and a bachelor of occupational therapy (BOT), a four and half year program with a six-month internship are needed to become an Occupational Therapist.

Salary

Occupational therapists made a median salary of $80k in 2018. The best-paid 25 percent made $126k, that year while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $66k.

What is the outlook for occupational therapists?

According to BLS projects 31000 new jobs are to open in the occupational therapy field from 2016 to 2026. This profession is expected to grow by 24 percent, compared with 16 percent growth in health diagnosing and treating practitioner jobs overall.

Best paying cities for occupational therapists

The metropolitan areas that pay the highest salary in the occupational therapist’s profession and Peabody Longview, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, and Lubbock.

Best-paying states for occupational therapists

The highest paying states and districts are Nevada($103,240), Texas(94,530), New Jersey($94,100), District of Colombia($93,110) and Connecticut($90,760).

Average occupational therapists’ pay Vs other best jobs

Occupational Therapists earned an average salary of $80k in 2018. Comparable jobs earned the following average salary in 2017: Physical Therapists made $88k, registered nurses made $73k, Occupational therapy assistants made $59k and occupational Therapy Aids made $33k.

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