Healthcare, Medical & Nursing
Occupational Therapy

If you want to help people recover from injury, illness, or remain sprite, healthy, and mobile into old age, enjoy working with people, and want an active career that keeps you on your feet, a degree in Occupational Therapy may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Occupational Therapy students typically pursue a bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In this field, a master's degree is usually required before you can practice as an Occupational Therapist. Some states also require Occupational Therapists to pass an exam by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Doctorate degrees lead to positions in research and teaching.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Occupational Therapy Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Occupational Therapy include:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Occupational Therapists was $84,950 in 2019 (1) while Occupational Therapy Assistants earned a median salary of $61,880 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.