Unlike the majority of Americans, occupational therapists only have to deal with a two percent unemployment rate. Between 2000 and 2012, the occupational therapy field averaged 1 percent unemployment. Occupational therapists (OTs) work with patients to relearn independent living skills after a stroke, help teach life skills to children on the autism spectrum and can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, nursing homes and more.
Although the field requires a Master’s degree, it has grown significantly over the past 12 years. In the year 2000 there were only 57,000 occupational therapists but this number jumped to 118,000 in 2012. The industry is only going to continue to grow with another 25,000 jobs expected by 2020.
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