Occupational Therapy Assistants
SOC: 31-2011.00

Description:

Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
33,000 employed

Projected (2024):
47,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Acute Care Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
  • Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (COTA/L)
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L)
  • Health Service Worker
  • Independent Living Specialist
  • Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
  • Occupational Therapy Technician
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • School Based Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Staff Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (Staff COTA/L)


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records.
  • Maintain and promote a positive attitude toward clients and their treatment programs.
  • Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement.
  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.
  • Instruct, or assist in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment.
  • Evaluate the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
  • Aid patients in dressing and grooming themselves.
  • Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently.
  • Report to supervisors, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior.
  • Alter treatment programs to obtain better results if treatment is not having the intended effect.
  • Work under the direction of occupational therapists to plan, implement, or administer educational, vocational, or recreational programs that restore or enhance performance in individuals with functional impairments.
  • Design, fabricate, or repair assistive devices or make adaptive changes to equipment or environments.
  • Assemble, clean, or maintain equipment or materials for patient use.
  • Teach patients how to deal constructively with their emotions.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling appointments, collecting data, or documenting health insurance billings.
  • Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
  • Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual or creative arts or games.
  • Order any needed educational or treatment supplies.
  • Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.
  • Attend continuing education classes.
  • Attend care plan meetings to review patient progress and update care plans.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Alternative computer keyboards
  • Arm braces
  • Augmentative communication systems
  • Automatic dishwashing systems
  • Back braces
  • Balance boards
  • Beading needles
  • Braille writers
  • C clamps
  • Canes
  • Ceramic modeling tools
  • Ceramics kilns
  • Cold packs
  • Commercial cooking ovens
  • Commercial microwave ovens
  • Communication boards
  • Compression devices
  • Compressive garments
  • Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
  • Crochet hooks
  • Crutches
  • Desktop computers
  • Dynamometers
  • Gait belts
  • Glue guns
  • Goniometers
  • Hammers
  • Hand drills
  • Headpointers
  • Heat guns
  • Hydraulic lifts
  • Hydrotherapy equipment
  • Industrial clothes dryers
  • Joy sticks
  • Knitting needles
  • Lacing needles
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Latch hooks
  • Leather scissors
  • Light commercial washing machines
  • Lower extremity braces
  • Macrame boards
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Metal shears
  • Metalsmith molds
  • Mini punch sets
  • Mini screwdriver sets
  • Mouthsticks
  • Multi-purpose saw sets
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Notebook computers
  • Optical pointers
  • Orthotic devices
  • Page turners
  • Patient positioning devices
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Power hand sanders
  • Precision knives
  • Protective gowns
  • Punching awls
  • Rasps
  • Rawhide mallets
  • Reflex hammers
  • Rivet setters
  • Rotary punches
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Sewing needles
  • Sliding boards
  • Slings
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Slip mixers
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Squares
  • Stretchers
  • Surgical masks
  • T squares
  • Tablet computers
  • Talking word processor software
  • Therapeutic hot packs
  • Trackpads
  • Transfer belts
  • Treatment tables
  • Triangles
  • Vises
  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Wing dividers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wood burners
  • Wood chisels
  • Word prediction software
  • Writing support software
  • Accounting software
  • Billing software
  • Bookkeeping software
  • BrainTrain Captain's Log
  • BrainTrain IVA+Plus
  • BrainTrain SmartDriver
  • Client caseload management software
  • Database software
  • dBASE
  • Email software
  • Fifth Walk BillingTracker
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Financial record software
  • Graphics software
  • Laboratory information system LIS software
  • Language arts educational software
  • Math educational software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Patient documentation software
  • Scheduling software
  • Screen reader software
  • SpectraSoft DocuPRO
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Text scanning software
  • TheraClin Systems iMAPR
  • Visual Health Information VHI PC-Kits
  • Voice recognition software
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software


  • healthcare support


    industry stats

    SOC: 31-0000

    Total Employed: 3,989,910

    Average Annual Salary: $29,520