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Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with patients who suffer from a disability due to illness, injury, aging or developmental, emotional, or mental challenges. They help people learn (or re-learn) to do every day activities like writing, cooking, and dressing. After observation and testing, an OT will develop a treatment plan to help the patient regain function or overcome a permanent loss of function. Treatment plans may include life and work activities, strength and dexterity exercises, or the design and use of special adaptive equipment to make daily tasks easier.

Salary Range: $54,200 – $119,720

Salary Notes: The mean salary in Vermont is $75,720. The highest salaries are paid by nursing and personal care facilities, followed by hospitals, offices of other health practitioners, and elementary and secondary schools.

Where you can study:
Bay Path University [1], Longmeadow, MA
Boston University [2], Boston, MA
New England Institute of Technology [3], East Greenwich, RI
Quinnipiac University [4], Hamden, CT
Salem State University [5], Salem, MA
Springfield College [6], Springfield, MA
University of New Hampshire [7], Durham, NH
University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College [8], Lewiston, ME
Worcester State University [9], Worcester, MA

Where you might work:
– Hospitals – Nursing Homes – Private Practice – Rehabilitation Centers – Schools

Job Outlook: Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase much faster than average for all occupations through 2024, as a result of growth in the number of individuals requiring therapy services with disabilities or limited function.

Education, Licensing and Certification: A high school diploma is required, with emphasis on math, science and skills-oriented classes like art. A master’s degree is the minimum educational requirement, as well as national certification from the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board, to practice as an occupational therapist.

Professional Organizations:
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) [10] 301-652-6611
Vermont Occupational Therapy Association [11]