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The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

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5. Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction of licensed occupational therapists, providing rehabilitation services to a variety of patients. Occupational therapy assistants often help those who have been injured re-enter society, learning how to perform daily tasks after they have lost motor skills or have developed disabilities. Assistants also help patients with chronic or acute illnesses adapt to life outside of the hospital after they have been recovered.

An associate degree or a certificate from an accredited community college or technical school is generally required to qualify for occupational therapist assistant jobs. Along with courses in physiology and pediatrics, occupational therapy assistants must also complete 16 weeks of supervised fieldwork in a clinic or community setting.


As the demand of occupational therapy services rises, employment of occupational therapy assistants will increase dramatically. Job seekers holding only a high school diploma will face competition from those who hold Associates degrees, so taking the time to get an AA is well worth it.

Projected Need: 10,000

Projected Growth: 18-26%

Median Hourly Wage: $20/hr

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