I realize these occupations are quite different, but I'm in the process of making some important decisions and would like some feedback. I recently decided that I wanted to pursue a Master's in Occupational Therapy. I have a medical background and am currently a massage therapist. As I already have a BA, this route would require a few more pre-reqs and 30 months of grad level coursework (as the OT degree now requires an MSOT).
However, I recently spoke to someone who owns several clinics (neuropathy, etc.) across the US and he strongly advised me to pursue an NP degree. This could possibly require more education and more time than the MSOT (pursuing the BSN first, then the Master's for NP, and possibly a Doctorate depending on when those requirements change.) His reasoning for this is that the changes in healthcare we're facing in the US will (1) significantly lower and limit the reimbursement rates to OTs by Medicare; (2) cause private insurance to follow Medicare in lowering reimbursement rates; and (3) cause private pay (particularly OT) patients to significantly decrease over the years.
His reasoning for pursuing the NP are valid, ie increased demand due to access to care, increase retirement rates of MDs, increased independence of NPs due to demand, etc.
I am not taking this decision lightly. I am trying to carefully consider all factors, including the cost of education, future demand, salary, physical demands of the job, etc.
One last thing that is of concern, although I admit I haven't researched this, is talk of the possibility of increasing the educational requirements of NPs (just as has recently happened with OTs). This would affect my decision as well, at least to a certain degree.