Five Reasons to Study Occupational Therapy

If you're interested in studying for a degree in the medical field, but aren't quite sure what to choose, Occupational Therapy is certainly worth your consideration. Check out our reasons to study the subject, and find out whether Occupational Therapy is the course for you:

Man at the psychotherapist (iStock)
A degree in Occupational Therapy is your ticket to a
career in the field

1. You'll be doing something rewarding

Job satisfaction is high up on the list of anyone's professional wish list, and although no career is without its drawbacks, occupational therapists have it better than most in meeting this criteria. After all, what could be more satisfying than helping someone regain the ability to carry out the tasks they want and need to do in everyday life?

2. You'll have great Graduate Prospects

If you take a look at the Occupational Therapy subject table, one of the things that stands out is the fact that most universities have outstanding Graduate Prospects. The vast majority of institutions seem to have at least 80% of their graduates entering employment within six months of leaving.

A large total of Occupational Therapy students are in full-time professional employment (a job that usually requires a degree) six months after graduation, making it one of the best subjects for job prospects.

3. There's (almost) no graduate gender pay gap

In 2017, we published our research on the graduate gender pay gap for the second time. While this did uncover a significant difference between male and female median salaries in the majority of subjects, there were a few exceptions. There is an £81 difference in median pay, which is much lower than some gender pay gaps. Added to this, in 2016, the gender pay gap was just £1 — definitely a bonus for the more socially conscious students.

4. You'll get to work with people

In a world where it seems as though everyone's professional life is spent sat in front of a computer monitor, occupational therapists buck the trend in working with people. Being the social creatures that we humans are, interacting with people day in, day out is no bad thing, and few subjects will lead to a career with more opportunities to do so than Occupational Therapy.

5. Many courses have professional accreditation

After three or more years of study, and all the fees and loans that come with it, you could be forgiven for not wanting to hit the books again and work towards another qualification. The good news is that, with professional accreditation common to a good proportion of courses, Occupational Therapy graduates will be all set to enter a life working in the field.