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Career Guide: Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides

Career Guide: Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job prospects. Opportunities for individuals interested in becoming occupational therapy assistants are expected to be very good. In addition to employment growth, job openings will result from the need to replace occupational therapy assistants and aides who leave the occupation permanently over the 2006-16 period. Occupational therapy assistants and aides with prior experience working in an occupational therapy office or other health care setting will have the best job opportunities. However, individuals with only a high school diploma may face keen competition for occupational therapy aide jobs.

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Salary: $17,060 - $44,130
Min. Education: Certificate or Associate's
Related Careers: Physical Therapist Assistant, Social Worker

Earnings

Median annual earnings of occupational therapy assistants were $42,060 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,130 and $50,230. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,050, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $58,270. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of occupational therapy assistants in May 2006 were:

Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists $45,130
Nursing care facilities 43,280
General medical and surgical hospitals 40,060

Median annual earnings of occupational therapy aides were $25,020 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $20,460 and $32,160. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,060, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $44,130. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of occupational therapy aides in May 2006 were:

Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists $26,960
General medical and surgical hospitals 26,360
Nursing care facilities 25,520

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