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Occupational Therapist Aides

Occupational therapist aides are part of a team that provides treatments for physical, emotional, mental and developmental impairments and disabilities. The objective of the treatments is to enhance the patients' quality of life and their ability to perform daily activities.

Some common job titles include rehabilitation aide, occupational therapy aide, OT aide, rehab aide, rehabilitation services aide, occupational rehabilitation aide and certified occupational rehabilitation aide.

Occupational therapist aides prepare patients and the treatment room. They assemble equipment and prepare materials that are utilized during treatment sessions. Occupational therapy aides also perform a variety of clerical tasks. Occupational therapist aides are not licensed, thus by law they are not allowed to perform a wide array of tasks performed by occupational therapist assistants.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare patients and treatment rooms
  • Manage intradepartmental infection control and equipment security
  • Schedule appointments
  • Attend to patients' physical needs
  • Prepare materials for use during therapy
  • Process insurance paperwork
  • Assemble equipment
  • Report the progress, attendance, accomplishments and attitudes of patients to therapists or supervisors
  • Order and restock supplies
  • Maintain client records

Job Characteristics

Occupational therapy aides should be compassionate and have the desire to help people. They need patience and good interpersonal skills. They also need to be able to lift patients.

Work schedules vary by facility and whether they're full-time or part-time employees. Many outpatient therapy clinics and offices provide therapy during the evenings and weekends in order to accommodate their clients' schedules.

Employment Outlook

The employment of occupational therapist aides is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 31 percent between 2008 and 2018 which is much faster than average for all occupations. The growing elderly population will increase the demand for occupational therapy and occupational therapy aides. In addition, the median annual income in 2008 for occupational therapist aides was $26,950.

In 2008 there were approximately 7,800 occupational therapist aide positions. Occupational therapist aides can become occupational therapist assistants after completing the appropriate formal education.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Occupational therapist aides typically get most of their training on the job and usually need a high school diploma. Those that volunteer their services improve their chances of acquiring a job.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary job providers are hospitals, inpatient clinics, outpatient clinics, elementary and secondary schools, nursing care facilities and rehabilitation centers.

Schools for Occupational Therapist Aides are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Occupational Therapist Aides

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Occupational Therapist Aides jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Gadsden 30 $26,140
Hoover N/A $29,090
Birmingham N/A $29,090
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale N/A $33,140
Mesa N/A $33,140
Phoenix N/A $33,140
Tucson N/A $53,190
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 280 $29,450
Los Angeles 280 $29,450
Anaheim 280 $29,450
Thousand Oaks N/A $24,480
Ventura N/A $24,480
Oxnard N/A $24,480
Arcade N/A $31,310
Arden N/A $31,310
Roseville N/A $31,310
Sacramento N/A $31,310
San Francisco N/A $34,050
Hayward N/A $34,050
Oakland N/A $34,050
San Diego N/A $61,490
Carlsbad N/A $61,490
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 130 $27,110
Sandy Springs 130 $27,110
Atlanta 130 $27,110
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City N/A $30,530
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 60 $25,970
Urbana 30 $30,320
Champaign 30 $30,320
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 30 N/A
New Orleans 30 N/A
Lafayette N/A $26,160
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $24,820
Columbia N/A $24,820
Baltimore N/A $24,820
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 50 $34,680
Cheektowaga 50 $34,680
Buffalo 50 $34,680
Syracuse N/A $33,820
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 60 $30,100
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 120 $26,420
Hazleton 40 $21,490
Barre 40 $21,490
Wilkes 40 $21,490
Scranton 40 $21,490
Harrisburg 40 $28,780
Carlisle 40 $28,780
Hanover 40 $32,310
York 40 $32,310
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 150 $27,500
Arlington 150 $27,500
Fort Worth 150 $27,500
Sugar Land 70 $30,070
The Woodlands 70 $30,070
Houston 70 $30,070
El Paso N/A $27,980
New Braunfels N/A $28,960
San Antonio N/A $28,960
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 110 $28,450
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue N/A $22,490
Tacoma N/A $22,490
Seattle N/A $22,490

Most Popular Industries for :
Occupational Therapist Aides

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Medical Office 2,370 32% $27,190
Hospital 2,250 30% $28,340
Nursing And Residential Care 1,640 22% $25,670
Social Service 520 7% $22,910
Education 450 6% $26,820
Government 150 2% $31,430
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