Occupational Therapist: 7th Best Job
In a time when job security still seems like a fairy tale, OTs may have more reason than most to start believing again: occupational therapist was ranked no. 7 among the 10 best jobs
in the country; 200 jobs were ranked. Released by CareerCast.com, a major national job-search site, the rankings were based on each profession's scores in five core areas: work environment, income, employment outlook, stress and physical demands.
It's rare to find an OT who doesn't love her job, so it's no surprise that the profession scored very high in work environment and low in stress. The score for physical demands was low as well. CareerCast listed the average OT salary as $72,110, which isn't far from what ADVANCE
found as the national average - $71,506 - in our 2012 salary survey
What may be surprising is that OT ranked quite high in employment outlook; only two other professions in the top ten -- dental hygienist and audiologist -- had higher hiring outlook scores.
According to CareerCast's explanation of its methodology for computing a score for job outlook, "The ranking system used to evaluate Outlook awards higher scores to jobs with promising futures." Three factors were considered in scoring: unemployment data, employment growth, and income growth potential. Employment growth, the most heavily weighted of the three factors, is based on the Department of Labor's forecast for employment growth through 2020.
Does this reflect your experience out there in the field? Are you seeing more jobs available, or are you short staffed at your facility?