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Career and Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapists in Tennessee

Tennessee has a population of 6,296,254, which has grown by 10.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," its capital is Nashville, though its most populous city is Memphis.

Currently, 1,490 people work as occupational therapists in Tennessee. This is expected to grow 21% to 1,800 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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.

A person working as an occupational therapist can expect to earn about $32 hourly or $67,690 annually on average in Tennessee and about $32 per hour or $66,780 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for occupational therapists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Audiology in Tennessee and better than general Audiology category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: industrial rehabilitation consultant, vocational trainer, and certified occupational therapy assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,759,569 jobs in Tennessee. The average annual income was $34,833 in 2008, up from $34,156 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Tennessee was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.8% since the previous year. About 19.6% of Tennessee residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Tennessee include bakeries manufacturing, bread product manufacturing, and commercial bakeries. Notable tourist attractions include the Chucalissa Archaeological Museum, the Magevney House, and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

CITIES WITH Occupational Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Tennessee


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 Tennessee 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: Tennessee

Tennessee
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Tennessee has a population of 6,296,254, which has grown by 10.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," its capital is Nashville, though its largest city is Memphis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,759,569 jobs in Tennessee. The average annual income was $34,833 in 2008, up from $34,156 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Tennessee was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.8% since the previous year. Roughly 19.6% of Tennessee residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Tennessee include bakeries manufacturing, bread product manufacturing, and commercial bakeries. Notable tourist destinations include the Mississippi River Museum, the Magevney House, and the National Civil Rights Museum.