From hand therapy and treating people with low vision to working with children or older adults, as you become an occupational therapist, you'll show injured or disabled patients how to adapt to their new reality through the change of movements and therapeutic activities.
Why Consider Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists are kind and have a strong desire to change lives, as you will do exactly that by helping patients with disabilities perform tasks in ways that are adapted to their circumstances.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Occupational Therapist
- Pediatric OT
- Corporate Health Consulting
- Contract Therapy
- Clinical Educator
- Ergonomic Specialist
- Private Practice
- Home Health Services
- Medical Rehabilitation Clinics
- Nursing Homes
- Rehab Centers
- Physical Therapy Clinics
- Assisted Living
Explore: Occupational Therapy Pathways
Become a student at USM and obtain the necessary requirements to apply to OT programs,
with the guidance of our pathways expert!
Undergraduate Credit Required
Bachelor’s degree (most schools)
Some OT programs may require the GRE
Professional Schooling Required
3-4 years; Master or Doctor of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T. and O.T.D.) | 2 years;
Professional Organization Websites
There are three options available for students wishing to work in the Occupational Therapy field: Advanced degrees in occupational therapy (M.O.T. and O.T.D.) or an Occupational Therapy Assistant (O.T.A.).
Here are some of the local or surrounding area professional schools:
- Alabama State University (M.O.T.) (Montgomery, AL)
- University of Mississippi Medical Center (O.T.D.) (Jackson, MS)
- Louisiana State University (M.O.T.)(New Orleans, LA )
Navigating the Application Process
Beginning early with the application process allows students to structure an academic plan of study and ensures you are on track. Occupational Therapy schools have relatively similar requirements that we can help prepare you for, including competitive scores and high GPA (overall and prerequisite), preparing for the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations), if needed, providing evidence of care for people through service and shadowing experiences, leadership roles, and more!
We encourage you to contact our pathways expert to support you in your professional development endeavors.
Strategies for Success
- Find the curriculum, timeline, and requirements suggested by our pathway expert.
What Should I Major In?
Occupational Therapy programs do not require a particular major—pursue a major in which you feel the most comfortable with! Explore related majors:
Not interested in the majors above? Explore Schools that have compatible majors, so you pursue a degree that fits your abilities and passions!