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Two Vital Websites for Occupational Therapy Students

The job outlook for occupational therapists through the year 2016 is exceptionally good. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), openings for occupational therapists will grow by 23 percent, sparked by a need to serve an increasing American population of adults aged 75 and older. Most jobs will be in hospitals and clinics, however many occupational therapists will find positions with private or public agencies. Employers, the BLS says, will pursue graduates of accredited career training programs who have also obtained their Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) certification.

The web is a rich resource for information about your occupational therapist career. You can learn about the state-of-the-art practices and regulations, or network with other working occupational therapists and pursue training resources for advanced testing.

Here are two vital websites:

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOTO)
NBCOTO is a non-profit, national organization that develops and offers certification testing for occupational therapists. You'll find details about Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) testing and designations. Find key information about the agency in your state of residence and certification requirements. The site also offers professional publications, including Eligibility Information for Candidates, a Candidate Handbook, and Academic Credential Verification Form.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
AOTA was created in 1917 to represent professional concerns and training of occupational therapists. Currently the organization reports having a membership of 6,000, comprised of occupational therapy students, occupational therapists, and occupational therapy assistants. The site has a comprehensive student section, with information about schools, financial aid, field work, certification examinations, multicultural interests, research, and state licensing. The organization also participates in student advocacy, raising funds and working toward legislation through the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOTO)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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