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#12 Occupational Therapy Assistants

Occupational therapist assistants and aides work under the supervision 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 and ability to perform daily activities.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 10,300

    Projected Growth: 30+%

    Median Wage: $48,230

An associate degree from an accredited academic program is generally required to qualify for occupational therapist assistant jobs. In contrast, occupational therapist aides usually receive most of 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, though job-seekers holding only a high school diploma might face keen competition for jobs.

More Resources:


Career Profile: Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nancy M. Bernier
Career Guide: Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides
OTAs Ride Demographic Wave to New Opportunities
Quiz: Is Occupational Therapy the Right Place for You?

Bonus: Visit the Therapy Careers Page


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