Entry-level - Career Outlook & Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm#tab-1) projected an 18 percent job growth for the occupational therapy profession between 2018 and 2028. The need for occupational therapy will come in part from older adults who desire to remain active later in life and children needing to build independence in daily task performance. Recommendations for activities of daily living and home modifications along with rehabilitative treatment strategies are beneficial for people who have life altering situations such as arthritis, brain injury and dementia. In addition, children diagnosed with conditions which keep them from engaging with their environment benefit from occupational therapy. Occupational therapists often work with children who have Autism to improve their social skills and daily task independence. 

According to Projections Central (https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm) the demand for occupational therapists in Texas is projected to grow 30% between 2016-2026. During this same period, it is estimated that there will be 850 annual openings for occupational therapists across Texas.