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Career and Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapists in Nebraska

Nebraska has a population of 1,796,619, which has grown by 4.99% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Cornhusker State," its capital is Lincoln, though its most populous city is Omaha.

There are currently 720 working occupational therapists in Nebraska; this should grow by 33% to 950 working occupational therapists in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for occupational therapists are expected to grow by about 25.6%. 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.

Occupational therapists earn approximately $29 hourly or $60,450 yearly on average in Nebraska. Nationally they average about $32 hourly or $66,780 yearly. Occupational therapists earn more than people working in the category of Audiology generally in Nebraska and more than people in the Audiology category nationally. Jobs in this field include: registered occupational therapist, staff therapist, and job trainer.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,253,549 jobs in Nebraska. The average annual income was $39,182 in 2008, up from $37,899 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nebraska was 4.6% in 2009, which has grown by 1.3% since the previous year. About 23.7% of Nebraska residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nebraska include food manufacturing, animal slaughtering, and animal slaughtering. Notable tourist attractions include the Landmarks Inc, the Mormon Trail Center, and the Omaha Childrens Museum.

CITIES WITH Occupational Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Nebraska


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 Nebraska 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: Nebraska

Nebraska
Nebraska photo by Matthew Trump

Nebraska has a population of 1,796,619, which has grown by 4.99% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Cornhusker State," its capital is Lincoln, though its most populous city is Omaha. In 2008, there were a total of 1,253,549 jobs in Nebraska. The average annual income was $39,182 in 2008, up from $37,899 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nebraska was 4.6% in 2009, which has grown by 1.3% since the previous year. Approximately 23.7% of Nebraska residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nebraska include food manufacturing, animal slaughtering, and animal slaughtering. Notable tourist destinations include the Douglas County Historical Society, the Museum Kaneko, and the Joslyn Art Museum.