A high demand for the University of Minnesota’s OT graduates’ knowledge and expertise

High Workforce Demand

Job opportunities are available throughout the country, particularly in rural areas and areas that do not have many occupational therapy education programs. Minnesota is an identified workforce shortage area for occupational therapy.

Graduates of Occupational Therapy are working in a variety of areas including:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Long-Term Care / Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Outpatient
  • Home Health
  • Academic
  • Early Intervention
  • Community Health Settings
  • Mental Health
  • Administration

There’s a high demand for the knowledge and expertise which the University of Minnesota’s OT graduates possess, within an aging population and health care systems that reward interventions yielding positive outcomes and high patient satisfaction, while lowering costs.

This workplace demand lends itself to career opportunities in a variety of medical and community settings. These include rehabilitation, hospitals, home care agencies, schools, adult day programs, mental health settings and community organizations.

OT student works with patient

"We don't expect the student to know everything. They're here to learn and practice from the support of our therapists. But I can always feel confident that we're getting highly educated and motivated individuals."

- Theresa Bowlin, Exec. Dir., Professional Rehabilitation Consultants