Are OTs and mental health nurses gaining favour as providers of clinical mental health care among employers/insurers, over the others? Job ads suggest this is true. I know that historically, there's been fierce competition in the broader mental health arena (psychologists wanting prescribing rights; MSWs wanting assessment responsibilities; OTs seeking a masters-level minimum for registration; insurers wanting whoever's cheapest and legal). Have read that while social workers enjoy a wider scope of practice (and employability), they find themselves shouldering more cases than they can bear. And that right now, OTs are afforded time to work with patients one on one (there are loads of OTs claiming this is one reason why they find their work rewarding). And OTs are enjoying higher pay than social workers. Am imagining this could easily change. Have also read that in times of scarcity, nurses are more likely to survive than allied health professionals (OTs, social workers, not to mention counsellors and similar; also, other rehab pros, like SPTs and PTs). Like many, I would have pursued psychology if the road weren't quite so long. Am 35, scientifically minded and genuinely interested in research as well as clinical practice. Am also broke and unwilling to start earning at 42. I'm looking for a terminal masters that has a prospect of remaining viable over the next decade at least. Would happily take on CPD that could gear it to my interests (mood disorders in adults and children; adjustment to 'life problems'). Am not so keen on bum-wiping. Would appreciate experiences/insight related to the realities of these various professions, and their current and projected market value. Thanks!