Occupational Therapy Aides

General Information

Description

Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 34 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 8,800 openings for occupational therapy assistants and aides are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$30,180

State-by-state Salary

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$58,260
$20,500
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 36%
  • Associate's degree 28%
  • Some college 24%
  • Post-secondary certificate 8%
  • First professional degree 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Clerical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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