Careers for Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Graduates
Professional Employment Outlook
Occupational therapy is a growing healthcare field in the United States with increasing employment opportunities expected to steadily increase through 2024. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes occupational therapist assistant among its list of fastest growing occupations and predicts much faster than average growth (36% or more) for assistants in the next decade. Penn State Mont Alto offers an Associate in Science in Occupational Therapy degree program that helps students prepare for careers as certified occupational therapy assistants.
Think about an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy If:
You want to prepare to be an occupational therapy assistant who is qualified to be employed by organizations that provide occupational therapy and related services. Occupational Therapy is a growing healthcare field in the United States with increasing employment opportunities expected to rise steadily through 2024. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics includes occupational therapy assistants among its list of fastest growing occupations and predicts a much faster than average growth (40%) in next decade with the median pay in 2016 being $54,000 year.
What Will You Do When You Graduate?
Career opportunities for a graduate with an associate degree in occupational therapy may include:
- Working in public and private schools
- Rehabilitation hospitals and centers
- Skilled and intermediate care facilities
- Early intervention programs
- General hospitals
- Home health agencies
- Senior day programs
- Comunity wellness centers
- Hand therapy clinics
The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Penn State Resources
Visit the Nittany Lion Careers to access national, regional and local job listings. You may also post your resumes to the site once approved by Career Services. All students can access a free account using your PSU username and password.
Visit Penn State Mont Alto's Career Services office for additional assistance and resources.