Your Occupational Therapy Career

Occupational Therapy Jobs

Looking for occupational therapy jobs? We’re staffing occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants across the United States, complete with top pay and amazing benefits. From travel and local positions, you’ll find the occupational therapy career you’re seeking at CareerStaff.

Male occupational therapist assisting older male patient with arm motion

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists help injured or disabled patients achieve independence and regain their ability to perform everyday activities, whether for work, self-care, or leisure.

What Do Occupational Therapists Do?

Occupational therapists work with individuals of all ages with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges. They are responsible for:

  • Assessing a patient’s condition and developing an individualized treatment plan.
  • Evaluating the patient’s environment and suggesting adjustments needed to support their goals.
  • Teaching patients how to perform exercises and use therapeutic equipment.

Occupational Therapy F.A.Q.

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How to become an occupational therapist:

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.

How much do occupational therapists make?

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.

How long does it take to become an occupational therapist?

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.

Where do occupational therapists work?

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

What education or certifications are needed to become an occupational therapist?

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:
 
●  Gerontology
●  Pediatrics
●  Mental Health
●  Environmental Modification
●  School Systems
●  And more

What skills do you need to become an occupational therapist?

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

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Occupational therapist assisting senior male patient with arm weights

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