Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are in high demand nationwide in school-based settings. As an OT in a school-based setting you collaborate with parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a child’s special education program. You are making a difference every day in a child’s life and impacting them in rewarding ways that will stay with both you and the student for a lifetime. As a Cross Country Education Occupational Therapist, you can perform the job that you love in exciting destinations you’ve always wanted to visit. From the tropics of South Florida and California to the bustling metropolitan areas in the Northeast and every area in between — we have traveling OT jobs across the country. There’s an open road waiting for you to explore.

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What Does an Occupational Therapist (OT) Do?

As an Occupational Therapist in a school-based setting, you are directly involved in the evaluation, intervention and assessment of outcomes for students with special education needs. You collaborate with parents, teachers and other educational staff to design and carry out school-based activity plans for students that improve, develop or restore functions that have been impaired or lost through illness, injury, or deprivation. You are improving the student’s ability to perform tasks and prevent further impairment through early intervention. Our students and the education community need you.

Most occupational therapists work full-time. Occupational therapists may work during evenings or on weekends to accommodate student’s schedules. At Cross Country Education, we continually receive new OT jobs.

What is the Salary of an Occupational Therapist (OT)?

An Occupational Therapist’s salary varies according to facility, location, qualifications, and experience. The median occupational therapist salary for OTs was $84,270 in 2018, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $55,490 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $120,750 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational therapist’s salary reflects the salary range of permanent OTs.

Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How to Become an Occupational Therapist

As an occupational therapist, you’ll need a master’s degree and licensing. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education has a list of programs for OTs. Before you go after your master’s, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree, likely in a related field. Your coursework should include biology and physiology classes.

Many master’s tracks will require academic coursework and one or two quarters of full-time clinical fieldwork.

You’ll study subjects such as these:

Once licensed in the states in which you wish to practice. At that point, you’ll be ready to find your ideal OT job.

Find Your Ideal OT Job

Being part of a sought-after field like occupational therapy gives you unlimited options as to where you can take your skills. You have the opportunity to travel to cities and towns that most people will never get to experience. The talented recruiters at Cross Country Education will get to know you and help you find the ideal assignment that meets all of your expectations.

Let Cross Country Education help you meet your goals as an occupational therapist. Search our OT jobs and apply online!

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