Occupational Therapy Career Outlook

Occupational Therapists are certainly getting their share of the spotlight these days. These health care professionals are vital members of the rehabilitation team who work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations to facilitate health, well-being and justice through engagement in occupation (Townsend & Polatajko, 2007). Occupational therapists are becoming increasingly involved in addressing the impact of social, political and environmental factors that contribute to exclusion and occupational deprivation (White, 2000).

It has been identified by CNN.Money as one of the Best Jobs in America for 2010 based on Money and Payscale rankings, garnering the 19th slot. It has also been featured by HubPages America as one of the Top 20 Best Career Choices for 2020, ranking at No.3.

The links to the above online articles can be accessed through the links in the references.

References:

CNN.Money. (2010). Best Jobs in America. Retrieved October 24, 2010 from website http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/2010/snapshots/19.html

Inglish, P. HubPages America. Top 20 Best Career Choices for 2020. Retrieved on October 24, 2010 from website http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-20-Career-Choices-for-2010

Occupational Deprivation: Global Challenge in the New Millennium, Whiteford (2000), British Journal of Occupational Therapy Volume 63, Number 5, pp. 200-204(5)

Townsend, Elizabeth A. and Helene J Polatajko. (2007). Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an Occupational Therapy Vision for Health, Well-Being & Justice Through Occupation. Ottawa: CAOT Publications ACE. ISBN 978-1-895437-76-8

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Iris De La Calzada

Iris Luanne De La Calzada is a Staff Occupational Therapist at Valley Regional Medical Center, a 200-bed acute medical hospital in Brownsville, TX. She was recently promoted to the position of Clinical Manager I of the Therapeutic Services Department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Cebu Velez College, Cebu City, Philippines in 2000. Iris is a licensed OT in the Philippines. In 2004, she immigrated to the US, where she is an OTR in the states of Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and New Jersey. She has wide and varied experience in adult and pediatric physical dysfunction both in the Philippines and in the United States. Her chosen areas of specialty is in upper extremity adult physical dysfunction and occupational rehabilitation. Her occupational balance are long drives in the country, travelling, networking, blogging and shopping.

One thought on “Occupational Therapy Career Outlook”

  1. Love the article! OT’s have a lot of bright lights coming their way. With an Occupational Therapist job, there are so many opportunities to grow personally and professionally. You’ll also be able to help other individuals and have chances to travel!

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