Job Prospects in OT

The job outlook for occupational therapists has never been better.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 17 percent between 2020 and 2030. And in 2021, the median annual wage for occupational therapists was $85,570.

In May 2021, the median annual wages for occupational therapists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

IndustryMedian Annual Wages
Home health care services$98,700
Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)$98,390
Hospitals: state, local, and private$95,590
Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists$80,450
Elementary and secondary schools; state, local, and private$77,290

Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Therapists, at


Here’s some information on how a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Elmhurst University will help you reach your goals.

Elizabeth Wanka, DrOT, MOT, OTR/L

Associate Professor, MOT Program; Program Director, Master of Occupational Therapy
Master of Occupational Therapy

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