Four reasons to pursue an occupational therapy career serving Veterans

Career mobility and a robust benefits package are among the top reasons occupational therapists should consider at career at VA


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Each April, National Occupational Therapy Month honors the therapists who play a vital role in improving patients’ health and well-being by helping them accomplish the activities they need and want to do in everyday life.

At VA, we recognize the important role of our occupational therapists (OTs), not just this month, but throughout the year.

We take a holistic approach to patient care, so we know that our OTs and the rehabilitation services they provide are always key.

Are you considering a career as an OT at VA? Here are the top four reasons to make the move.

  1. We are the largest employer of OTs in the nation.

We employ more than 1,000 OTs who provide personalized, state-of-the-art care at over 1,200 VA health care facilities and via telehealth. With their help, Veterans recover from injury faster, make greater improvements in their mobility and return to independence more quickly. At VA, you’ll be a major contributor, caring for patients who have so bravely served our nation. We strive to provide a professional, supportive environment, so our Veteran patients and their health care providers can thrive. OTs enjoy long and satisfying careers at VA, staying on average for more than a decade.

  1. Push your talent to new heights.

You’ll work as a pioneer in your field. Because we are one of the largest health care systems in the nation and employ so many OTs, you’ll have a wider range of opportunities across the continuum of clinical care practice settings, including:

  • Assistive technology
  • Orthopedics
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Ergonomics
  • Rheumatology
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Hand therapy
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Wheelchair seating and positioning
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Women’s health

You can also build your skillset by taking advantage of continuing education, training and leadership development opportunities. Further your education with scholarship opportunities. We also offer OT students the chance to do Level II field work in affiliated clinical education programs.

  1. Serve those who served.

There’s nothing more meaningful than helping national heroes lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Because our enrolled Veterans are guaranteed OT treatment through achievement of their goal, you have the chance to form long-lasting relationships with your patients and receive deep appreciation from the brave men and women who have served our country.

  1. Enjoy outstanding benefits.

We offer competitive salaries, nationwide job transfer opportunities, outstanding benefits and more. With one active, full and unrestricted state license, you can practice in any U.S. state or territory. Our extensive bundle of employee benefits includes:

  • Paid vacation that begins accruing on your start date, paid sick leave with no limit on accumulation and 10 paid Federal holidays.
  • Affordable group health insurance plans, including dental, vision and long-term care.
  • Term life insurance, with family and additional coverage options available.
  • Health care and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Liability protection through the Federal Tort Claims Act, which provides immunity from personal liability for damages arising from medical malpractice or negligence.
  • The Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS): a three-tier retirement plan composed of Social Security, FERS basic benefits and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
  • Tuition reimbursement.

Choose VA today

See if an OT career at VA is right for you.

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Comments

  1. S W    

    F-CK YOU for not posting my comments.

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  2. S W    

    So does the training VA seeks include common sense? My OT person doesn’t have a lot. I needed a wheel chair and she just repeated the lie the contract company told. The contract company installs lifts on vehicles and says there are no trailer hitches for any year of the model car I drive. A friend of mine got told the same thing about her car (a different make and model). I got two estimates for trailer hitches and the OT told me I didn’t need them, she didn’t either, because she had something new that she felt would work for me. It’s a folding powered wheel chair called a Jazzy Passport. Gee, it only weighs 60 pounds so I can lift it and put it in my trunk. Well, I CAN NOT lift it! I have four (4) bulging discs in my lower back and I don’t have the strength. She saw this for herself the day I got the chair because I tried to pick it up. She had to pick it up with me and put it in my trunk. So, I HAD TO PAY OUT OF POCKET to have a trailer hitch put on my car AND buy a wheel chair carrier so I can use this chair.
    ABSOLUTELY NO COMMON SENSE and perpetuating lies from the contract company so they can have a monopoly installing lifts in vehicles.
    I also needed my bathroom remodeled so I could have a walk in shower which she was NOT forthcoming with. I PAID OUT OF POCKET and got my bathroom remodeled. of course, the VA REFUSED TO REIMBURSE ME FOR THIS!!!

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