Careers in the Licensed Professions

Occupational Therapy

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Occupational therapists help people with injuries or disabilities restore or improve their physical abilities and adapt to their surroundings. Examples of services:

  • evaluate patients’ abilities and develop treatment programs to help them accomplish daily activities at home and work
  • work with patients to carry out their rehabilitation programs
  • assist with modifications of the physical environment and/or use of specialized equipment (e.g., to support accessibility)

Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) provide services under the supervision of an OT or physician.



OT: Master’s or higher degree in a Department-registered occupational therapy licensure program, or equivalent.

OTA: Associate degree in a Department-registered occupational therapy assistant licensure program, or equivalent.


Examinations of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.



Occupational Therapists:



Occupational Therapy Assistant:


Salary and Projected Growth

  • OT salary range: $ 62,860-$103,440
  • OTA salary range: $46,910-$70,800
  • Projected growth: much faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Schools
  • Home care agencies

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Health-related sciences
  • Helping people affected by injury or disability
  • Mental and behavioral health

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Dependability
  • Patience
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to an occupational therapist or therapy assistant about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020