Growing Career Opportunities in Occupational Therapy
A look at the projections for growth in this profession.
The paper shows that the field of occupational therapy today has grown beyond its traditional role. It discusses how today’s occupational therapist can be a teacher and a healer, as well as a therapist. It examines the variety of factors leading to the increased opportunities for occupational therapists, including the aging baby boomer population, the increase in work related injury and stress, the shortage of qualified professionals available and the trend of low cost health care and home-care.
Although occupational therapy has existed as a form of health care and human service provision for decades, the field has only recently become more recognized and is currently acknowledged as the twelfth fastest growing occupation in the United States (Damp et al. 1998).