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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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To be a successful Occupational Therapy Assistant you should…

  • be caring and want to help people who are not able to help themselves
  • be able to motivate patients
  • possess the ability to use numbers, see details, and see how three-dimensional objects fit together

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What will my job be like?

Occupational therapy assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. The ultimate goal is to improve clients’ quality of life by helping them compensate for limitations. For example, occupational therapy assistants help injured workers re-enter the labor force by helping them improve their motor skills. They help persons with learning disabilities increase their independence by teaching them to prepare meals or use public transportation.


Where could I work?

Most occupational therapy assistants work in occupational therapist offices or hospitals.

Other workplace settings:
  • Adult Daycare
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers
  • Physician Offices
  • Social Services Agencies

What is the average annual salary?

$57,270


What is the future of this career?

Employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 41 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

Occupational therapy assistants must complete an associate degree or certificate program from an accredited community college or technical school.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

 

  •  Goodwin College, East Hartford
  • Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport
  • Lincoln College of New England, Southington
  • Manchester Community College, Manchester

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisites: An Associate’s degree. Licensing requires 8 weeks of supervised field work experience; National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination.


Where can I get more information?

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD   20814
301-652-6611
www.aota.org