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Occupational Employment Statistics


29-1122 Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 21021$37.67/hr$26.68/hr$33.19/hr$38.55/hr$43.00/hr$46.23/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services2,790$40.62/hr
Public Administration50$45.64/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 40$38.04/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$37.44/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$38.02/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 80$41.29/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 80$38.20/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 90$42.47/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 110$42.51/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 120$39.73/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 140$38.85/hr10.1%
Southeast Minnesota 170$39.50/hr7.3%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 190$38.18/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 190$39.88/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 190$38.55/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 200$38.14/hr4.2%
Northwest Minnesota 210$38.55/hr10.8%
Central Minnesota 260$41.39/hr10.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,830$41.21/hr12.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,990$41.28/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,850$40.62/hr11.3%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 1,900$68,059.07/yr8.2%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 630$28.80/hr24.4%
Social and Human Service Assistants 10,710$20.29/hr10.5%
Special Education Teachers, All Other 230$65,909.51/yr7.0%

  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
  • Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Teach cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and proprioceptive information.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
  • Teach clients to travel independently, using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
  • Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.