PT & OT in “Best Careers 2009” List

U.S. News has released their “Best Careers 2009” list which is a profile of 30 careers that offer strong outlooks and high job satisfaction. It’s great to see OT and PT on the list.

Best Careers 2009: Occupational Therapist
By Marty Nemko
Posted December 11, 2008
Overview. We take for granted our ability to button a shirt, use a computer, or drive a car. But many people—injured adults, children born with disabilities, elders beset by aging—cannot assume those skills. The occupational therapist helps such people live as fully and independently as possible. Thirty percent of OTs work in schools, helping, for example, autistic kids learn how to interact with other children. The majority of OTs work in hospitals or visit patients in their homes.

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Best Careers 2009: Physical Therapist
By Marty Nemko
Posted December 11, 2008
Overview. Next to the clergy, physical therapy ranked highest in job satisfaction, according to a survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. More than three quarters of physical therapists reported being “very satisfied” with their occupation. In a similar survey by the Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal, physical therapy rated one of the eight best careers.
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Here’s an excerpt from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) press release.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RECOGNIZED AS A “BEST CAREER” BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Makes List Second Year in a Row

Bethesda, MD — After recently being ranked No. 18 in Laurence Shatkin’s, Ph.D., “150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs” (JIST, 2008), U.S. News & World Report named occupational therapist to its “Best Careers 2009” list. This is the second consecutive year occupational therapy has received this honor.

This year, U.S. News & World Report scored hundreds of careers on five criteria:
1. Job outlook
2. Average job satisfaction
3. Difficulty of the required training
4. Prestige
5. Pay

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