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Where Do Educational Therapists Work in Missouri?

Everyone who becomes interested in the field of educational therapy will ask at some point, "Where exactly do educational therapists work?" Unfortunately, there isn't one easy, one size fits all answer to that question. Educational therapists, especially in the state of Missouri where the profession is booming, work in a wide array of different positions and atmospheres. As an aspiring educational therapist yourself, it's important that you have a good idea of the many different jobs in the field and which one you think you'd most like to do. In order to help you start thinking about these important questions, we've put together a list of just a few of the most common workplaces of educational therapists in the state.

  1. Private Practices: When most people think of educational therapists, or any kind of therapists for that matter, they picture them sitting in a small office, talking and working one on one with their patients. The setting that these people are picturing is actually a private practice setting, and it is one of the most common ways in which educational therapists work in the state. These practices might be owned by the therapists themselves or by other professionals whom they have chosen to work for. Therapists working in these environments tend to set their own rates and decide upon their own hours, perhaps the reason why these therapists tend to be among the most highly paid in the industry.
  2. Schools and the School System: When most people think of an education or getting an education, they think of school! So, it would make sense that many educational therapists choose to do their work within the school system or within a particular school. This could mean being an educational therapist for an entire district, for counties throughout the state, or just at one public or private learning institution. In any case, it is the job of these therapists to help turn that school or those schools into strong environments conducive to learning for all students, whether they have disabilities or not.
  3. Workplaces: Some educational therapists choose to do most of their work from the workplaces of their clients! These are therapists whose goal is to help those with learning disabilities or learning problems to succeed in the workplace. These therapists might go to work finding suitable jobs for people with disabilities, placing the handicapped individual into the job, and then helping him or her to train for the job and understand and perform the duties it entails. These therapists simply want to help all people who are able to become more self-sufficient and independent and to develop a sense of pride and worth through work.
  4. Learning or Tutoring Centers: Educational therapists who choose to work in learning or tutoring centers act as teachers for the learning disabled. They might help these individuals to better complete school work, to understand their disability and to fight against it, or even to do basic things like filling out a tax form, which can be made difficult with a learning problem. The learning and tutoring centers described might be independently owned, or they can be connected to another organization, such as a high school or college.

These four workplaces are not the only choices that educational therapists have. Qualified professionals in the field are capable of doing many, many other jobs. Some people, for example, become educational therapy researchers, while others manage other educational therapists. Your degree and, eventually, your level of experience will be the determining factors in which jobs will be available to you throughout your career.