Occupational Therapy Assistants

General Information

Description

Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with state laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

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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

$62,940

Military salary*

$77,220

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State-by-state Salary

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$75,560
$41,760
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 81%
  • Master's degree 10%
  • Bachelor's degree 8%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language

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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