Tacoma has a total population of 193,556 and a student population of 22,872. Of these students, 2,879 are enrolled in schools that offer occupational therapy programs.
Tacoma's largest occupational therapy school is University of Puget Sound. In 2010, University of Puget Sound graduated approximately 26 students from its occupational therapy program.
In 2010, 26 students graduated with an occupational therapy degree from one of Tacoma's occupational therapy schools. In 2009 tuition at occupational therapy schools in Tacoma was $35,635 per year, on average.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,000 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a occupational therapy program in Tacoma. And if you live on campus at one of the Tacoma-based occupational therapy schools, you will have an added expense of $9,430 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $42,607.
After graduating with your credentials in occupational therapy, if you decide to work as an occupational therapist in Tacoma, your job prospects are good. In 2010, there were 2,070 occupational therapists in Washington State. Of these occupational therapists, 340 were working in the greater Tacoma area. The government projects that the number of occupational therapists in Tacoma will increase by 21% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for occupational therapists.
As an occupational therapist in Tacoma, you can expect to make an average salary of $65,100 per year. This is lower than the average salary for occupational therapists in the state.