Established in 1941, Eastern Michigan University's occupational therapy program has a long-standing tradition of excellence. The EMU OT program provides competent and caring professionals to the local community as well as throughout the State of Michigan and across the nation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is based on the general population growth and the increasing demand of services for those aged 75 years and older who are requiring occupational therapy services to improve their quality of life. In addition, emerging practice areas for occupational therapists, for example, in such areas as driver rehabilitation and fall prevention, continue to develop. Occupational therapists are employed in diverse settings, including but not limited to hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, home health care, and in areas of prevention and wellness. Occupational therapy was rated the ninth best job in health care and 14th best job overall by U.S. News and World Report (2014). In 2012, Forbes identified a master of occupational therapy as a top degree to pursue for employment.