Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1122 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.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Complete and maintain necessary records. Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients. Train caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy. Evaluate patients' progress and prepare reports that detail progress. Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems. Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities. Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities. Design and create, or requisition, special supplies and equipment, such as splints, braces, and computer-aided adaptive equipment. Develop and participate in health promotion programs, group activities, or discussions to promote client health, facilitate social adjustment, alleviate stress, and prevent physical or mental disability.
License: This applicant should submit a completed application to the Board and pass a written examination administered by the Board. Initial License Fee: $140.00 Renewal Fee: $140.00
Outlook: Very Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $29.23   Entry $60,788.00
Mean $39.98   Mean $83,153.00
Experience $45.35 Experience $94,329.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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