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The 4 Forces Changing OT Employment
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Supply and Demand
By 2020, there will be a shortage of 20,000 FTE OTs or more. While the number of new occupational therapists is growing—likely due to positive job growth outlooks for healthcare as a whole and occupational therapy specifically—the supply cannot hope to meet the demand. (Occupational Therapy Workforce in the United States, Lin et al., 2015)
More patients to treat
The population of individuals over 55 years of age will increase by 28% between 2010 and 2020. This means a larger patient demographic who will be focused on aging in place. (US Census Bureau, 2018)
Expansion of post-acute care and home health
Since 2013, post-acute care and particularly home health have expanded dramatically. As Medicaid expansion moves forward across the United States, this means an additional 4.3 to 4.7 million patients will be covered by insurance, many of whom will be eligible for rehab therapies. (Urban Institute, 2018)
The job growth of occupational therapy is 24%, or much faster than average; however, baby boomers account for 40% of the healthcare workforce. As older OTs retire, new OTs will be expected to fill the gaps—yet workforce data suggests that the growth in new OTs will not be enough to exceed attrition enough to meet patient demand. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)
What this means for occupational therapist employers
These 4 forces make finding and hiring an occupational therapist a long and challenging process. The longer it takes you to find an OT, the more money your business leaves on the table while your competition grows.