If your health is exemplary, if you have no physical or mobility challenges, if completing tasks you’ve always handled with ease is still easy, and if no one in your life suffers from any of these difficulties, you may never cross paths with an occupational therapist. And you’d probably be the exception, rather than the rule.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, OT jobs are expected to increase 16% by the end of the decade. A rapidly-aging population has much to do with that, especially the millions of seniors who want to continue living independently in their own homes. (The Covid-19 pandemic has likely increased this number too, as seniors in nursing homes have been especially hard hit by the virus.) Occupational therapists are the healthcare field’s wellness design facilitators.