Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Occupational Therapy Assistants 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.
81.61% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
10.08% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Alter treatment programs to obtain better results if treatment is not having the intended effect.
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.
Teach patients how to deal constructively with their emotions.
Report to supervisors, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior.
Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.
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.
Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently.
Aid patients in dressing and grooming themselves.
Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.
Assemble, clean, or maintain equipment or materials for patient use.
Design, fabricate, or repair assistive devices or make adaptive changes to equipment or environments.
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.
Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual or creative arts or games.
Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling appointments, collecting data, or documenting health insurance billings.
Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
Attend care plan meetings to review patient progress and update care plans.
Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.
Order any needed educational or treatment supplies.
Attend continuing education classes.
Writing support software
Word prediction software
Therapeutic hot packs
Talking word processor software
Slip joint pliers
Power hand sanders
Patient positioning devices
Multi-purpose saw sets
Mini screwdriver sets
Mini punch sets
Lower extremity braces
Light commercial washing machines
Laser facsimile machines
Industrial clothes dryers
Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
Commercial microwave ovens
Commercial cooking ovens
Ceramic modeling tools
Automatic dishwashing systems
Augmentative communication systems
Alternative computer keyboards
BrainTrain Captain’s Log
BrainTrain SmartDriverAll Technologies
Client caseload management software
Fifth Walk BillingTracker
Financial record software
Laboratory information system LIS
Language arts educational software
Math educational software
Patient documentation software
Screen reader software
Text scanning software
TheraClin Systems iMAPR
Visual Health Information VHI PC-Kits
Voice recognition software
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.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.