As an occupational therapist (OT), you have made your career out of helping others to participate in the activities they want and need to do. With Cross Country Allied, you can use these same skills and dedications at healthcare facilities all across the nation. For 13 to 26 weeks, you can provide occupational therapy to patients in cities and states that you have always wanted to visit. From Hawaii to Alaska, New York to California — we have OT job opportunities across the country. You tell us where you’d like to place you’re healing touch and we’ll make it happen.
As an occupational therapist, it won’t take long for you to realize that the work you do makes a difference in lives of every age. Unlike other therapy, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being by allowing them to perform specific activities.
Common OT interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and develop social skills, helping people recovering from injury or illness, such as a stroke, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. At Cross Country Allied, we constantly receive new occupational therapists jobs that you can apply to at any time.
Occupational therapy is an excellent profession to enter right now. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected employment of occupational therapists to increase by 27 percent between 2014 and 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Newly emerging areas of practice for OTs related to the needs of an aging population are increasing the demand for your services.
As an occupational therapist, you can work in a wide range of settings including:
The practice of occupational therapy is regulated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The most common and highest form of regulation is licensure. Licensure is required in 48 of those jurisdictions for occupational therapists. In addition to meeting state licensing requirements, an occupational therapist must possess at least a master's degree. Optional certifications in areas of specialization are also available.
As a traveling OT, you will want to ensure you have the correct licensures before applying for an occupational therapy position.
The annual salary for someone with the job title of occupational therapist may vary depending on a number of factors including industry, company size, location, years of experience and level of education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the median annual wage for occupational therapists was $81,910 in 2016.
As the demand for your profession grows, healthcare facilities all across the U.S. will seek out talented OTs that can supplement their current workforce. Cross Country Allied is a company with a long-standing reputation for quality staffing. We have the assignments you want in the cities you have been waiting to visit. Plus, when you take a travel OT assignment at Cross Country Allied, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes: