New Jersey Occupational Therapy Degrees
Money.com recently ranked the position of Occupational Therapist as one of the least stressful positions in America. Half of all Occupational Therapists say their job is not stressful, according to the article. Occupational Therapists work with people who have some sort of disability, whether it's mental, physical, behavioral, or emotional, and help them return to more normal functioning. The job setting is flexible, perhaps contributing to the low stress factor. In 2007, there were approximately 2700 licensed Occupational Therapists working in the state of New Jersey, earning an average of $75,000 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only New Jersey but all of the United States can look forward to the number of Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants positions growing through the year 2016.
Continuing Education Requirements for Occupational Therapists in New Jersey
While the state of New Jersey does not have any continuing education requirements for Occupational Therapists or Occupational Therapist Assistants, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) requires Occupational Therapists to complete 36 professional development units every three years to maintain certification. Thirty-six hours of this requirement may be fulfilled through taking online courses. The same institutions offering accredited New Jersey occupational therapy courses will provide a forum in which to participate in CEC classes.
Major New Jersey Employers of Occupational Therapists
Within the state of New Jersey, Occupational Therapists commonly practice in one of the following areas: Mental Health; Children and Youth; Health and Wellness; Productive Aging; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; and Work and Industry. Some of the most prominent New Jersey employers of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants are listed below.
- Saint Barnabas Nursing and Rehab, Kearny
- Genesis HealthCare, Burlington
- New Milford Public Schools, New Milford
- University Medical Center at Princeton
- Merwick Care Center, Princeton
- TravelRehab.com, Union
- HCR ManorCare, Mountainside
- Premier Therapy Services, Somerset
- Aegis Therapies, Edison
- Children's Specialized Hospital, Mountainside
- Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth
- HealthSouth Corporation, Tinton Falls