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New York Occupational Therapy Degrees

One of the 30 most sought-after careers for 2009 according to US News and World Report is that of an Occupational Therapist (OT).  A high level of job satisfaction and plentiful job openings together with a lucrative salary and great opportunities for advancement make this a very desirable profession.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics began a ten-year study in 2006 and predicts a increase in salary of 23% for Occupational Therapists by 2016.  The national annual average salary for OTs in 2006 was $61,160.  The annual average salary for New York OTs in 2009 is $101,000.  This is considerably higher than the national average annual salary for Occupational Therapists in 2009 of $83,000. 


Completing a master’s degree program, fulfilling internship requirements, and completing a background check are required before you can apply to take the NBCOT exam.  It is a rigorous exam that includes multiple-choice questions and clinical-based scenarios to demonstrate competency in handling an intervention. The exam will take three to four hours to complete. 

Internships are completed as a standard part of New York occupational therapy courses in practice areas of physical disabilities, pediatrics, geriatrics, or mental health.  They can take place in a variety of workplace settings such as hospitals, nursing facilities, and schools. 

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics industry profile, hospitals employ the majority of OT hires.  Following hospitals in number of hires are health practice offices, followed by elementary and secondary schools, nursing care facilities, and home healthcare facilities. 

Occupational Therapist Continuing Education Requirements/Licensure Renewal in New York

Occupational Therapists in the state of New York must be licensed.  A license application can be submitted only after passing the NBCOT exam.  The license remains valid for two years.  Renewal of the license at the end of this two-year period does not require completion of continuing education units (CEUs).   It should be noted, however, that CEUs are extremely important in seeking advanced certification and expansion into other levels in the profession.

Occupational Therapy Schools