Types of Degrees Rehabilitation Professions Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many rehabilitation and therapeutic professions graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Rehabilitation Professions Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to rehabilitation and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Rehabilitation Majors
This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Skills for Rehabilitation Majors
A major in rehabilitation prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Abilities for Rehabilitation Majors
A major in rehabilitation will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
What Can You Do With a Rehabilitation Professions Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with rehabilitation:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Health Specialties Professors||25.9%||$97,370|
|Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists||23.8%||$84,270|
|Orthotists and Prosthetists||21.8%||$69,120|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Professions?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of rehabilitation majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||562|
|Hispanic or Latino||789|
Rehabilitation appeals to people across the globe. About 2.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
How Much Do Rehabilitation Professions Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in rehabilitation have a median salary of $61,650 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $48,025 (25th percentile) and $65,850 (75th percentile).
We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to rehabilitation so take that into consideration.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $50,640 to $89,150 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to rehabilitation. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Rehabilitation Professions
Some careers associated with rehabilitation require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for rehabilitation careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||1.1%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||3.5%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||1.3%|
|Some College Courses||1.0%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||2.9%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||7.7%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||2.9%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||1.4%|
Online Rehabilitation Professions Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 567 schools offered some type of rehabilitation and therapeutic professions program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||28||2|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||17||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||3||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||106||11|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||285||33|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||14||1|
Is a Degree in Rehabilitation Professions Worth It?
The median salary for a rehabilitation grad is $73,860 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 85% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $679,200 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Rehabilitation Professions
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to rehabilitation.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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