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Occupational Therapy Assistants

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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.


  • Typical entry-level education for occupational therapist assistants is an associate degree; in contrast, occupational therapist aides usually receive their training on the job.
  • Many States regulate the practice of occupational therapist assistants either by licensing, registration, or certification; requirements vary by State.
  • Employment is projected to grow much faster than average as demand for occupational therapist services rises and as occupational therapists increasingly use assistants and aides.
  • Job prospects should be very good for occupational therapist assistants; jobseekers holding only a high school diploma might face keen competition for occupational therapist aide jobs.


Personality I like helping others
Salary $52,040/yr ($26.02/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Associates Degree