Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupation Information table
Overview: Occupational therapy assistants work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and in-home service agencies. They help evaluate client's skills, abilities and limitations, and the administration of therapeutic programs to restore and enhance clients' self-care and work related skills.
Duties: Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of professional occupational therapists. They plan and implement rehabilitation programs for disabled adults and children.

They assist in the evaluation of clients' physical, perceptual and communication skills needed to cope with everyday living and work related situations. They monitor client progress.

Implement therapy programs consisting of prescribed physical and intellectual activities. Utilize therapeutic equipment to simulate real-life and work related environments for their clients.

They teach and coach clients self-care, creative and work related skills. May utilize individual or group teaching methods for different physical disabilities, emotional or mental disorders.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $33,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: To qualify as an occupational therapy assistant you can complete either a 2-year associate degree program or a certificate program. A certificate program is generally for returning students with several years of health-care work experience. Courses focus on client assessment, therapy, group treatment, psycho-social and physical disabilities.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.