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Occupational Therapy Schools

There are 322 accredited occupational therapy schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of occupational therapy classes at one of these schools, you play a significant role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the occupational therapy academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes occupational therapy training at the following levels:


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Occupational therapy professionals

120,050 124,690 127,820 132,560 135,200
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 135,200 occupational therapy professionals were working in the US. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 13%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Occupational therapy professionals

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Occupational therapy professionals in the US earned a median salary of $50,253 per year in 2010. The median yearly salary for occupational therapy professionals in the US was 24% less than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Occupational Therapy

$42,517 $44,973 $47,323 $48,537 $50,253
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Occupational therapy professionals' salaries have grown by 18% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Occupational Therapy Student enrollment growth by degree

1,679 1,903 2,056 2,257 2,444
1,229 870 768 818 791
73 101 140 185 232
2,419 2,841 3,374 3,845 4,244
49 65 84 78 93
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Grey: Certificate in Occupational Therapy

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for occupational therapy professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 5,449 students graduated from occupational therapy degree programs in the US. In 2010, 7,804 students graduated from occupational therapy schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 43% growth in the number of occupational therapy graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from occupational therapy courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Occupational Therapy Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering occupational therapy programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 298 occupational therapy schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 322 schools.

Occupational Therapy Faculty Salaries

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Currently we are in the process of collecting data for the number of occupational therapy faculty, growth in the field of occupational therapy academia and faculty salaries. This is where we need your help. If you teach occupational therapy courses to students at the certificate in occupational therapy, associates degree in occupational therapy, bachelors degree in occupational therapy, masters degree in occupational therapy, and PhD degree in occupational therapy levels, please anonymously submit your information in the field below. By doing so, you will be helping us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future occupational therapy faculty. Once you submit your information, you will get a chance to see an overview of what we have learned thus far from you and your peers.


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