While some industries and professions struggle to sustain themselves in a rocky economy, occupational therapy is not only surviving, it’s thriving. And better yet, experts say that the need for occupational therapy practitioners will increase competitive job prospects in the coming decade.

Yesterday, U.S. News & World Report unveiled its “Best Jobs of 2012” list. The ranking considers job prospects, demand, competitive salaries, and job satisfaction in its decision.

Occupational therapy ranks an impressive 10th.

According to the report, the growing baby boomer population is expected to keep the job market for occupational therapists especially favorable. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects occupational therapist employment growth of 33.5% between 2010 and 2020, adding 36,400 more professionals to the 108,800 already-existing jobs in this field.

In today’s economy, that’s huge!

So today, take a minute to breathe a sigh of relief and reflect on how wise you were to choose occupational therapy. Pat yourself on the back, celebrate even, and don’t forget to thank the mentor, guidance counselor or colleague that pointed you in the right direction.

Related Articles

To read the full report, visit: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/02/27/the-best-jobs-of-2012?s_cid=related-links:TOP

To view the Top 25 list, visit: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/02/27/the-best-25-jobs-of-2012-rankings?s_cid=related-links:TOP

To read the special portion on occupational therapy, visit: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/02/27/best-jobs-2012-occupational-therapist

To view photos of the ranking, visit: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/the-10-best-jobs?s_cid=related-links:TOP

To view a video on the ranking, visit: http://money.usnews.com/video/careers/best-jobs-2012?s_cid=related-links:TOP