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Occupational Therapist: Canada’s Best Jobs 2016

Strong employment growth is in store for this category of healthcare helpers

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Occupational Therapist Jobs — Canada’s Best Jobs

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Median Salary: $78,395
Salary Growth (2009–2015): 18%
Total Employees: 12,100
Change in Employees (2009–2015): 32%

Job Description:

Occupational therapists create programs for people affected by illness, injury, developmental disorders or psychological problems. They work for schools and healthcare facilities. Some have their own businesses.

Job Qualifications:

A university degree in occupational therapy and supervised practical experience are required. Some employers may ask you to take the national certification exam, and some provinces may require you to be a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists before you can practice.


The median salary last year was $78,385 in Canada. Wage growth in this profession is significant in the first five to 10 years, but additional experience after that doesn’t have much effect on earnings, according to PayScale Canada.

Career Opportunity:

Job prospects are good given Canada’s large aging population. Employment growth in this field is expected to be among the strongest of all occupations, according to Job Bank Canada.

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