Occupational Therapy Aides

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.

Common job titles of Occupational Therapy Aides include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 30.99% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 27.15% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Encourage patients and attend to their physical needs to facilitate the attainment of therapeutic goals.

    Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.

    Assist occupational therapists in planning, implementing, and administering therapy programs to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, using selected activities and special equipment.

    Observe patients' attendance, progress, attitudes, and accomplishments and record and maintain information in client records.

    Prepare and maintain work area, materials, and equipment and maintain inventory of treatment and educational supplies.

    Report to supervisors or therapists, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, attendance, and accomplishments.

    Perform clerical, administrative, and secretarial duties, such as answering phones, restocking and ordering supplies, filling out paperwork, and scheduling appointments.

    Evaluate the living skills and capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.

    Instruct patients and families in work, social, and living skills, the care and use of adaptive equipment, and other skills to facilitate home and work adjustment to disability.

    Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual and creative arts and games.

    Supervise patients in choosing and completing work assignments or arts and crafts projects.

    Manage intradepartmental infection control and equipment security.

    Adjust and repair assistive devices and make adaptive changes to other equipment and to environments.

    Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.

    Accompany patients on outings, providing transportation when necessary.


Wood chisels

Wheeled walkers


Transfer belts

Therapeutic balls

Sewing needles

Sewing machines

All Tools

Scooter boards

Rotary punches

Rivet setters

Rehabilitation training ramps


Rawhide mallets


Punching awls

Power hand sanders


Personal computers

Orthopedic splints

Multi-purpose saw sets

Multi-line telephone systems

Leather scissors

Latch hooks

Lacing needles

Knitting needles

Hand weights

Dressing sticks

Desktop computers


Crochet hooks

Communication boards


Braille writers

Beading needles

Augmentative communication systems

Adaptive cutlery


Data entry software

MEDITECH software

Billing software

Electronic medical record EMR software

Scheduling software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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