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.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Hospitals
  2. Offices Of Other Health Practitioners
  3. Elementary And Secondary Schools

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 1,770 24.52 18.16 27.70 51,010 37,770 57,620
Joplin MSA 30 32.11 25.32 35.50 66,780 52,670 73,830
Columbia MSA 70 24.66 20.42 26.79 51,300 42,480 55,720
Springfield MSA 100 24.86 18.11 28.23 51,710 37,670 58,720
St Louis MSA 900 24.12 18.24 27.06 50,170 37,940 56,280
Kansas City* 370 22.53 17.42 25.08 46,857 36,228 52,171
Central Region* 160 25.08 19.92 27.65 52,160 41,439 57,520
Northeast Region* 50 24.29 16.92 27.98 50,533 35,185 58,207
Northwest Region* 40 23.54 18.60 26.01 48,963 38,682 54,104
Ozark Region* 120 25.47 18.42 28.99 52,969 38,310 60,298
Southwest Region* 30 31.73 25.37 34.90 65,991 52,770 72,601
St. Charles* 100 24.34 18.55 27.24 50,636 38,587 56,660
St. Louis City* 190 25.06 20.37 27.41 52,135 42,366 57,019
St. Louis County* 410 24.11 18.55 26.89 50,150 38,580 55,935

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 1,550 1,870 320 20.65 72 Great
Kansas City MSA 540 650 110 20.37 25 Good
St Louis MSA 820 980 160 19.51 37 Good
Central Region* 140 190 50 35.71 8 Great
Northeast Region* 30 40 10 33.33 2 Caution
Ozark Region* 130 180 50 38.46 8 Great
Southwest Region* 50 70 20 40.00 2 Good
West Central Region* 50 60 10 20.00 2 Good

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This profession generally requires Bachelor's degree in one of the following
Occupational Therapy/Therapist