The field of occupational therapy is busting at the seams with brilliant, passionate professionals, and podcasts offer an excellent avenue to keep an OT abreast of thoughts, research, and debates. March of 2017 marked 100 years in OT and the centennial celebration truly highlighted the level of innovation that takes place within the practice. The growth in occupational therapy is not limited to evolution in terms of practice, however, it also applies to the profession at large. Employment in this field is expected to grow by 27% over the next 8 eight years. Also, the U.S. News Best Jobs Rankings placed occupational therapy as #18. If you're looking to carve out your own career path occupational therapy, check out our OT travel jobs.

As occupational therapy develops and advances, therapists will need to invest more energy into remaining current and being involved in the expanding community. Social media channels like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have already offered OTs great spaces to build dialogues. There are many hashtags like #OTalk that help facilitate communication between all those who love OT. And although podcasts may not be as interactive as these social networks, they do offer you instant access to current and relevant topics and issues that can range from the clinical to the political.

Still not convinced? Here are some more reasons to listen to podcasts and below that you will find our recommendations for some must-listen podcasts for OTs.

Why You Should Listen To Podcasts

You’ll Think Outside of The Box

Any great therapist knows that being stuck in one’s ways is not the answer. As occupational therapy evolves, so must the therapists who are treating the people in need. Listening to a podcast will allow you to hear what’s new in terms of diagnoses, treatments, technology, and more.

You’ll Make Better Use of Your Time

There’s no harm in listening to terrific tunes when you’re commuting, working out, or doing your household chores, but you could be doing so much more. Listening to OT podcasts while doing these tasks can turn them into moments of professional and personal growth.

You’ll Connect to Important Topics

Podcasts will offer you a richer experience than written media because you can actually hear the intonation and expressions of another human being who is passionate about any given OT subject. Research that seems dry on paper and a drag to read really comes to life on a podcast with the addition of personality, humor, and enthusiasm.

You’ll Be Current

Remaining current not only gives you a competitive edge in the field, but it also makes you a better OT for the patients that need you. Podcasts can present the latest advancements and innovations in a manner that is easy to consume.

You’ll Be More Well-Rounded

Podcasts will give you a variety of approaches, opinions, and schools of thought. The more voices you hear the more educated, competent, and wise you will become as an OT.

Must-Listen OT Podcasts

OT Potential by Sarah Lyon

Each week on the OT Potential Podcast, Sarah Lyon, OTR/L discusses one influential OT-related journal article. The episodes run about 10 minutes, and are intended to help you easily stay up-to-date on trends in new OT-related research.

Everyday Evidence by AOTA

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) released these episodes between 2009 and 2011, but the concepts they cover are still extremely relevant now. They are about 15-minutes long and cover how OTs help people prevent or cope with illness, injury, and/or disability.

OT 4 Lyfe

A weekly show discussing all topics relating to occupational therapy. It covers important research, events, and perspectives in OT.

I Need (Travel) Therapy

Not to toot our own horns, but we think this podcast is a must-listen for occupational therapists. It's perfect for travel therapists and those that want to become one!

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