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Military Occupational Therapy Assistants

Military Career

General Information


Occupational therapy assistants support occupational therapists and/or medical officers in administering occupational therapy-- a form of therapy that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life. These specialists find new and easy ways for people who are going through physical, mental, and emotional trauma to accomplish everyday tasks so that they can overcome limitations and lead a satisfying life. Some of their responsibilities include examining patients, planning treatment, reviewing progress, updating prescribed treatment, examining the patients’ homes, helping children participate in school activities, and helping their patients with doing daily tasks like washing, dressing, cooking, and eating.

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Work Environment

Occupational therapy assistants work in hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers.

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
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Occupational Therapy Assistants in the Military


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Salary Information

Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location. Learn more about Military benefits.

$31,064 - $198,543

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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 91%
  • Some college 5%
  • Bachelor's degree 2%
  • High school 0%
  • Master's degree 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%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Occupational therapy assistants in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice in providing patient healthcare, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Anatomy, physiology, and psychologyHandling and positioning of patientsPrinciples of rehabilitationPatient careWorking on a medical team

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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


  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • Administrative

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