6 things you didn’t know about occupational therapy.
Did you know April is National Occupational Therapy month? But even more, this year marks the 100th anniversary of occupational therapy! In honor of one century of individuals who dedicate their profession to assisting others toward a better quality of life, we wanted to share with you some interesting facts you may not have known.
- Occupational therapists are not confined to a single setting. Based on their expertise, occupational therapists can work in hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes and private practices.
- Occupational therapists undergo intense training. Most occupational therapists today obtain at least a Bachelor’s degree, if not a Master’s degree, and must pass a national board exam before being able to treat patients.
- One-third of occupational therapists work with children. The leading reason children are referred to occupational therapists are due to handwriting problems.
- There are a total of 324 college/university-based educational programs for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants throughout the United States.
- The job market for occupational therapy assistants is on the rise. In fact, it is expected to see an increase of 41% by the year 2020, which is well above the national average.
- According to CNN’’s “Best Jobs in America,” occupational therapy was ranked #19 on the list. Why? Not only does the job offer schedule flexibility and a variety of settings, occupational therapists gain a reward in watching their patients enjoy a better quality of life – pain free.
Are you an occupational therapist? What else would you add to the list? Leave us a comment below.