Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA)

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We will guide you through what you need to know to become an OTA and how to select the best schools for you.

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What is an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

An Occupational Therapist Assistant, also referred to as an OTA, works alongside lead Occupational Therapists to help patients deal with debilitating diseases, disorders, and other problems which hinder their ability to function on a day to day basis.

If you are interested in a career as a Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) you will be happy to know that there could not be a better time to enter into this career. Occupational Therapy Assistants enjoy one of the highest salary levels in it’s employment class. Additionally employment of OTA’s is projected to grow by a massive 31.5% over the coming years.

The table below summarizes key data for this career.

Key FactsDetail
Educational RequirementsMost States will require a minimum of an Associates Degree from an accredited institution.
Average Annual Salary$58,340
Average Salary Range $23,630 to $100,830 (depending on experience and location)
Number in Employment (2016)34,982
Employment OutlookExcellent
Work EnvironmentsOffice of Health Practitioners, Nursing Care Facilities, Hospitals, Home Health Care Services, Schools
Related Careers Physical Therapy Assistants, Massage Therapists, Home Health Aides

What does an Occupational Therapy Assistant do?

Occupational therapy assistants help their supervisor to develop and implement treatment plans. They are also responsible for keeping the treatment area clean, providing training to patients on exercises and doing administrative tasks. If you enjoy working with people and helping them to regain their quality of life then this could be the job for you. Read on to learn more about this fast growing career.

Their typical duties and role include;

  • Providing training on how to use equipment to patients
  • Helping patients to correctly do their exercises
  • Deal with children who have developmental disabilities, usually through play
  • Do administrative tasks like paperwork, tracking progress and delivering patient reports to the therapist
  • Help patients move to and from treatment areas
  • Prepare treatment areas
  • Help patients with their billing and insurance forms
  • Help with the therapist to develop treatment plans
  • Working with injured workers, seniors with debilitating diseases and children with developmental disabilities to make the most of what they have

How to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

You will typically be required to graduate high school and obtain a 2 year associates degree from an accredited school. You may also need to complete additional certification exams and apply for a license in your chosen state.

Education, certification and licensing requirements differ by state so please select your preferred state below to find out more;


Important Character Traits of an OTA

In order to be successful in this job, occupational therapy assistants have to be patient, physically active, compassionate, organized, encouraging, and have a sense of humour and fun. It can be a very stressful job, but for the right people, also very rewarding.