Occupational Therapy Assistant

What Does An Occupational Therapy Assistant Do?

An occupational therapy assistant helps patients to recover and improve skills needed in their daily lives, including skills that they may need at work. They do this under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

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How Do I Become An Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Completing a two-year occupational therapist assistant college program is required to obtain these positions.

What is the Average Salary For An Occupational Therapy Assistant?

High – 80,000
Median – 59,000
Low – 39,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Occupational Therapy Assistant?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For An Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Occupational therapy assistants typically work in hospitals, nursing homes, physical or occupational therapy offices, and in home health care.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Occupational Therapy Assistant?

There is tremendous growth in this field, but there are still a relatively small number of these jobs. The job outlook does look good for those who are qualified to do the work.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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