Your Occupational Therapy Career
Occupational Therapy F.A.Q.
Thinking about starting your occupational therapy career? There are a few certain education requirements you’ll need to meet:
1. Earn a master’s or doctoral degree in occupational therapy (MOT or OTD).
2. Pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
3. Meet your state’s licensure requirements.
However, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) announced that all entry-level occupational therapists will need doctoral degrees beginning July 1, 2027.
Average occupational therapy jobs pay an annual salary of $93,180, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, this can typically range between $77,700–104,730, depending on your education and experience level.
It typically takes about 6–8 years to become a licensed occupational therapist:
● 4 years for a bachelor’s degree.
● 2–3 years for a master’s or 3–4 for a doctoral degree.
Looking for hospital occupational therapy jobs, or would you prefer to work in a rehab facility? Thanks to our reputation as a leading clinical job provider, we have both local and travel assignments in a wide variety of settings:
● State, local, and private hospitals
● Outpatient clinics
● Schools and educational facilities
● Skilled nursing and long-term care facilities
● Home health settings
● Mental and behavioral health centers
● Research clinics
Beyond a master’s or doctoral degree, you can advance your occupational therapy career by specializing through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in fields such as:
● Mental Health
● Environmental Modification
● School Systems
● And more
Occupational therapists help patients through unique challenges to make their day-to-day lives easier. To grow your occupational therapy career, you’ll want to develop skills like:
● Empathy and patience in supporting individuals through their specific challenges.
● Creative problem-solving in designing innovative interventions to overcome unique obstacles.
● Clear communication in conveying instructions and recording patient progress.
● Adaptability in tailoring treatment plans based on the patient’s current needs and changes.
Nationwide OT and OTA Jobs
At CareerStaff, we’re not only your source for great OT and OTA jobs but also your partner in career planning. We specialize in offering the finest clinical candidates to health facilities across the country. As such, we have a huge variety of opportunities for qualified individuals, including:
- Long-term and temporary jobs
- Local and travel assignments
- Jobs in leading hospitals and skilled nursing facilities
- Positions in schools and with home health