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Career and Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapists in Arkansas

Arkansas has a population of 2,889,450, which has grown by 8.08% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Natural State," Arkansas's capital and largest city is Little Rock.

There are currently 830 working occupational therapists in Arkansas; this should grow 25% to 1,040 working occupational therapists in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for occupational therapists, which sees this job pool growing by about 25.6% over the next eight years. Occupational therapists generally assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to disabled persons.

A person working as an occupational therapist can expect to earn about $33 hourly or $69,110 annually on average in Arkansas and about $32 hourly or $66,780 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for occupational therapists are better than earnings in the general category of Audiology in Arkansas and better than general Audiology category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: certified occupational therapy assistant, occupational therapist , and independent living specialist.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,599,446 jobs in Arkansas. The average annual income was $32,257 in 2008, up from $31,517 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Arkansas was 7.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.1% since the previous year. Roughly 16.7% of Arkansas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arkansas include poultry processing, hardware, and plumbing equipment merchant wholesalers, and ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Central High Museum & Visitor Center, the Little Rock City, and the William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park.

CITIES WITH Occupational Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Arkansas


JOB DESCRIPTION: Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, occupational therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to disabled persons.

Every day, occupational therapists are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they think through problems and come up with general rules.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Arkansas include:

  • Audiologist. Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.
  • Physical Therapist. Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.
  • Speech and Language Teacher. Assess and treat persons with speech, language, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Arkansas

Arkansas
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Arkansas has a population of 2,889,450, which has grown by 8.08% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Natural State," Arkansas's capital and biggest city is Little Rock. In 2008, there were a total of 1,599,446 jobs in Arkansas. The average annual income was $32,257 in 2008, up from $31,517 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Arkansas was 7.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.1% since the previous year. Approximately 16.7% of Arkansas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arkansas include poultry processing, hardware, and plumbing equipment merchant wholesalers, and ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Museum of Discovery, the Macarthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, and the Quapaw Quarter Association.