According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for occupational therapists is expected to nearly triple the national average between 2012 and 2022. Such explosive career opportunities in an economy beaten down by the Bush/Obama recession has not escaped notice of people desperately looking for a type of work not easily outsourced by CEOs willing to do anything to improve profits. The broad strokes of t he potentially secure future of pursuing this career assisting people in regaining lost abilities and talents to perform workplace tasks is much better known than some of the more detailed facts.
In addition to offering pretty good odds for finding and keeping a job if you decide to pursue a degree in occupational therapy, the odds are also not bad that you can get some scholarship help in paying for that college degree. You can begin your search for a scholarship to pursue the college requirements you need to get a job as an occupational therapist by combing through the list offered at the official web site of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). It’s a good place to get started on finding a way to pay for school because the AOTF also offers some of the certifications you will need to get a job. The scholarship aggregation site SchoolSoup is another excellent resource.
One of the 10 Least Stressful Jobs in America
If the prospects for getting a job in occupational therapy and the wealth of possibilities for paying for the education required to get into that medical field isn’t enough to entice you, the how about this. Money Magazine named occupational therapy the 9th least stressful career in America in 2011. The reasons for the low amount of stress: the reward of helping people get their life back by helping them to relearn abilities needed in their own careers can be outweigh the emotional toll of watching them fail on the way, job flexibility and the potential to make some decent money even when working part-time.
Occupational therapy is an ideal career path for the tech-savvy generation who can’t seem to do much of anything unless there is an app for it. When it comes to everything you need to do your job effectively as an occupation therapy–okay, not everything, but quite a bit–there is, indeed, an app for it. Whether it is an app to help develop fine motor skills, an app to help with visual perception or even an app to help you prepare for college coursework, the technology is either already there or will soon be available to get you to where you need to be with just your Droid or iPhone.
If you want to increase you chances of getting a job in the teaching profession, you get a degree in Elementary Education. Teaching in grade school has long been dominated by women which makes being male a definite, if unspoken, advantage when looking for a job. The same holds true for occupational therapy. Traditionally, up to 90% of employed occupational therapists have been women. So men just may get a little extra attention when they apply for a job.
The Bad News is the Good News
So you want to become an occupational therapist, but aren’t quite sure what this field of medical care really requires? The good news is also the bad news. Hollywood hasn’t exactly discovered the potential gold mine of telling stories about this career yet so the bad news is that you can’t afford to be too picky when looking for movies about occupational therapists. The good news is that this means you don’t have the opportunity to have your vision of what an occupational therapist actually does totally corrupted by Hollywood’s often…idiosyncratic…understanding of realism.