Each year, the month of April is spent highlighting the efforts of our nation’s more than 115,000 Occupational Therapists (OTs), and 42,000 OT Assistants and Aides(COTAs). In 1980 National Occupational Therapy Month was started by theAmerican Occupational Therapy Association, to coincide with their Annual Conference for OTs and OT-related vendors. Occupational Therapists play an integral role in helping patients of all ages and abilities participate in everyday activities. Through the process of evaluating, determining methods for intervention, and collaborating on desired outcomes, the OT can help children with disabilities, people recovering from injuries, and the elderly remain as independent as possible. As a career choice, OTs and OTAs comprise two of the fastest growing careers in America according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In addition to being in high demand, OTs have the added benefit of enjoying many options to choose from when determining their career path. Typically, an OT will have earned a master’s degree and will be licensed in the state where they want to work. Once these requirements are met, an OT can choose from any number of work settings. Contrary to popular belief, only 50% of OTs work in an office or hospital environment. Others may work in schools, specialty clinics, and nursing homes while others work in home health services.
As well as having a variety of setting to practice, OTs can choose to specialize in specific areas. Some OTs will specialize in Industrial Rehabilitation for those who are recovering from injuries suffered in the workplace; others choose to work for a school system helping students with disabilities or other psychological or developmental issues. In these situations, an OT might specialize in creating adaptive solutions, such as computer switches or other controllers allowing their patient to better use technology, etc. The possibilities for an exciting and impactful career in Occupational Therapy are as endless as your imagination.
Whether you are an OT who has been practicing for years or are new to the field, it is important to capitalize on all of the opportunities that are available to you. A great way to do that is should consider teaming with a company of experts that can help you find the perfect OT position, in your preferred setting with your optimal schedule. We can be that teammate for you and your career. For more than ten years, Supplemental has been helping therapy professionals find their perfect job throughout the United States. With our nationwide network of offices and industry relationships, we can help you find a fit based on your personal needs and career goals.
Part-Time/Per Diem/PRN opportunities are perfect for those looking for increased flexibility in their schedule to match their lifestyle. In contrast, we can streamline your search for the right full-time job opportunity. You could become a ‘Working Tourist’ and travel the country as we find you 13-week Travel Therapy assignments in places you have always wanted to visit. Are you in between jobs, and you want to keep working while you plan your next move? We can help you find the right placement for your needs. A Long-term or Regional assignment allows you to work in different settings without having to travel too far from home.
National OT Month is the perfect time to recognize and appreciate all the OTs and COTAs that help people every day live life to the fullest. Let us know how you plan to celebrate in the comments or on our Facebook page. Finally, thank you to all the OT professionals for all that you do.