The number of workers hired to provide occupational therapy has risen sharply since the Affordable Care Act passed, according to new research from the American Medical Association.
In 2016, there were more than 5 million licensed occupational therapists working in the U.S. That’s up from fewer than 3 million in 2009, and up from less than 4 million in 2011.
The increase in occupational therapy staffing comes despite a recent decrease in the number of occupational therapists employed in the United States.
There were about 22,000 licensed occupational therapy therapists working as of January 2017, down from about 26,000 in 2015.
Occupational therapy is a term used to describe a therapeutic relationship between an occupational therapist and a client, where the therapist is able to assist clients with their issues and help them overcome them.
The practice has been embraced by many businesses and organizations across the country, including the National Labor Relations Board, and has helped tens of thousands of workers in the past.
Occupation therapy services are often used in the workplace to help people deal with physical and emotional problems that are associated with chronic or severe illnesses, such as chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.
Many people are familiar with occupational therapy as a way to treat and prevent physical problems and chronic illnesses, but the profession has also grown in popularity.
As the number in the labor force has increased, the number and quality of occupational therapy training has also increased.
In 2014, there was nearly 6 million occupational therapists nationwide, up from 3.5 million in 2010.
That increase was driven largely by increased access to training, but also due to a growing number of training programs and providers.
In addition, there has been an increase in the availability of the training and the use of the term “therapy” in the industry.
“Therapy” is a catchall term that can be used to refer to any therapeutic activity or treatment that is intended to help individuals cope with physical or emotional problems, said Sarah Riggs, an associate professor of occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine.
She added that it can also refer to activities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of behavioral therapy that involves helping people learn how to recognize patterns in their surroundings, cope with stressors, learn coping skills and improve their overall well-being.
In the study, published online January 11 in the American Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers surveyed workers at nine occupational therapy centers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Of those, six percent reported having employed more than 1,000 employees during the previous year.
The researchers also conducted a detailed survey of workers who were hired in 2015 and 2016 and found that in 2016, the average annual salary for an occupational therapy therapist was $72,000, which is more than double the average salary for workers who did not work at the centers.
The average annual compensation for those who worked full time in the occupational therapy field in 2016 was $90,000.
Riggs said the researchers found that the higher salaries paid to occupational therapists may be due to the increased number of providers in the profession, particularly in the last few years.
“As we’ve seen the number go up, the demand for occupational therapy is going up,” Riggs added.
“That’s why there’s so much demand for this kind of training.”
As the numbers have increased, more employers have begun offering occupational therapy programs to their workers, said Stephanie Eichenberger, the director of research and program development at the California Association of Occupation Therapists.
“This is not a thing that’s happening in the private sector, so it’s very surprising that it’s happening to the public,” Eichenberg said.
The research also found that some of the highest salaries paid are for workers in occupational therapies who are not licensed to practice in the state.
The highest salary paid to a licensed occupational therapist in 2016 in California was $94,800, according the study.
“It’s important to note that the average compensation for a licensed therapist is far higher than what a licensed medical professional would receive,” Rigg said.
Eichenberger said the study’s results also show that many employers are reluctant to hire workers who have been diagnosed with a serious illness, as some of those workers are less likely to have the resources to pay for health insurance.
In California, employers are also wary of having a licensed nurse practitioner or occupational therapist on staff, because of concerns that they might be overprescribing medication or may not be qualified to prescribe certain types of medications.
“The concern that we’ve had is that they’re overprescription medications, they may not have the appropriate training and they may be over-prescribe,” Rieg said.