Gainesville has a general population of 95,447 and an overall student population of 66,405. Approximately 50,691 of Gainesville's students are enrolled in schools that offer occupational therapy programs.
University of Florida is the largest occupational therapy school in Gainesville, based on student population. In 2010, University of Florida graduated approximately 55 students with credentials in occupational therapy.
In 2010, 55 students graduated with an occupational therapy degree from one of Gainesville's occupational therapy schools. If you decide to attend one of Gainesville's occupational therapy schools, you can expect to pay an average of $16,183 per year in instate tuition and $35,554 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $990 for occupational therapy related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $7,500 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $8,683.
If you plan on staying in Gainesville after graduating from occupational therapy school, you should know that job prospects for occupational therapists in Gainesville, which is the most popular occupational therapy profession, are good. In 2010, there were 6,100 occupational therapists in Florida. Of these occupational therapists, 200 were working in the greater Gainesville area. By the year 2018, the number of occupational therapists is expected to increase by 25% in Gainesville. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for occupational therapists.
As an occupational therapist in Gainesville, you can expect to make an average salary of $59,390 per year. This is lower than the average salary for occupational therapists in the state.