Every year, professionals, students and prospective students across the country eagerly await “The 100 Best Jobs” ranking published by U.S. News & World Report. The just-released 2016 list offers great reason for physical and occupational therapy professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel optimistic about pursuing careers in these fields.
Among the 100 Best Jobs overall, physical therapist ranked a very impressive #14, while physical therapist assistant (#40) and physical therapist aide (#52) also represented well. The occupational therapy field enjoyed significant recognition too, with occupational therapist ranking #23, occupational therapy assistant #25, and occupational therapy aide #59. In the “Best Health Care Jobs” ranking specifically, the numbers were even more eye-catching, with physical therapist ranking #12 and occupational therapist #17.
U.S. News states, “Good jobs are those that pay well, challenge us, are a good match for our talents and skills, aren’t too stressful, offer room to advance and provide a satisfying work-life balance. Even though there is no one best job that suits each of us, the 100 Best Jobs of 2016 are ranked according to their ability to offer this mix of qualities. Also, the best careers are ones that are hiring.”
According to U.S. News, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a physical therapist job growth rate of 34 percent by 2024, with an occupational therapist growth rate of 27 percent over the same time period.
What are your thoughts about the rankings and their reflection on these rehabilitation professions? Do you believe that physical and occupational therapy offer some of the best careers in the country?