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Job Market, Career Potential and Salary
Occupational therapy is currently experiencing a time of growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistis (http://www.bls.gov/) states “employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 23 percent between 2006 and 2016, much faster than the average.” There are currently 99,000 employed OT’s in the United States, and it is projected there will be 122,000 by 2016. Median annual earnings were $64,722 in 2009. The South Atlantic region of the country, which includes Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, George and Florida has seen an increase in salaries of 12.7% since 2006. Our graduates work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, public and private schools, early intervention programs, health agencies, freestanding clinics and as independent contractors and consultants.
Fees, Expenses and Financial Aid
A student’s investment is approximately $28,000 per year for the occupational therapy program, textbooks, iMLearning initiative and fieldwork related fees (ie: criminal background check). Student loans and the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant are available to assist with educational expenses. Please visit http://www.su.edu/ for current tuition and financial aid information. The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (http://www.aotf.org/) and the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (http://www.vaota.org/) also offer scholarships. Many future employers offer financial assistance while a student is in school or loan repayment options after graduation.