Fieldwork Opportunities

Students participate in fieldwork starting in their first year, establishing strong relationships with partner sites in the community. See more information on fieldwork and the community for Occupational Therapy graduate students.

During the summer, graduate students take a community practice course in which they identify an unmet need within a community or population and develop programming to address that need. Students have recently performed their community fieldwork in a number of diverse settings, including

  • Guatemala,
  • Homeless shelters,
  • Philadelphia’s Chinatown,
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art and
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA).

Careers

Prepare to work as an entry-level occupational therapist in a variety of service areas. Graduates serve in educational, community and medical settings with children, adults and older adults. They work in

  • community services,
  • developmental disability therapy,
  • hospitals,
  • mental health centers,
  • rehabilitation centers and
  • schools (preschool through high school),

Visit the Occupational Therapy Stories page to read more about alumni, faculty and student stories and opportunities.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 27 percent growth in occupational therapy from 2014 to 2024, a much higher figure than the average projected for all professions (about 7 percent). The program itself boasts a 100 percent employment rate for its graduating students.

Career Services

As a Temple student, you can visit the Career Center for support during your job or internship search. Drop in for a short visit or schedule a 30-minute coaching session to discuss components of your professional profile, including your résumé and LinkedIn presence.

You’ll also have access to

Outcomes

Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Occupational Therapy MOT may include the following examples.

Career

Median Salary*

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

$57,320.00

Compensation, Benefits, & Job Analysis Specialists

$62,080.00

Occupational Health & Safety Specialists

$70,920.00

Occupational Health & Safety Technicians

$48,820.00

Occupational Therapists

$81,910.00

Occupational Therapy Aides

$28,330.00

Occupational Therapy Assistants

$59,010.00

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians

$206,920.00

Physical Therapist Aides

$25,680.00

Physical Therapists

$85,400.00

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).