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Career and Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapists in Ohio

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and biggest city is Columbus.

There are currently 4,210 jobs for occupational therapists in Ohio and this is projected to grow 23% to 5,180 jobs 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. 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 $34 hourly or $71,670 annually on average in Ohio. Nationally they average about $32 per hour or $66,780 per year. Occupational therapists earn more than people working in the category of Audiology generally in Ohio and more than people in the Audiology category nationally. People working as occupational therapists can fill a number of jobs, such as: industrial rehabilitation consultant, vocational rehabilitation specialist, and assistive technology trainer.

In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Approximately 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist attractions include the Franklin Park Conservatory, the Central Ohio Fire Museum, and the Columbus Jewish Historical.

CITIES WITH Occupational Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Ohio


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 Ohio 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.
  • Recreational Therapist. Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.
  • 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: Ohio

Ohio
Ohio photo by Matthew Trump

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and most populous city is Columbus. In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist destinations include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Jewish Historical, and the COSI.