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.


  • 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.


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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 40 $27,870
Birmingham 40 $27,870
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 350 $29,000
Los Angeles 350 $29,000
Long Beach 350 $29,000
San Francisco 70 $52,450
Hayward 70 $52,450
Oakland 70 $52,450
Fresno 40 $30,770
Oxnard N/A $23,520
Ventura N/A $23,520
Thousand Oaks N/A $23,520
Carlsbad N/A $57,530
San Diego N/A $57,530
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 130 $27,590
Sandy Springs 130 $27,590
Atlanta 130 $27,590
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City N/A $28,400
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 50 $31,560
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $26,380
Columbia N/A $26,380
Baltimore N/A $26,380
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Rapids N/A $32,710
Wyoming N/A $32,710
Dearborn N/A $34,630
Detroit N/A $34,630
Warren N/A $34,630
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 50 $31,070
Cheektowaga 50 $31,070
Buffalo 50 $31,070
Syracuse N/A $32,520
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 140 $25,560
Carlisle 40 $28,910
Harrisburg 40 $28,910
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 110 $17,920
Carolina 110 $17,920
San Juan 110 $17,920
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 220 $25,750
Dallas 220 $25,750
Fort Worth 220 $25,750
Sugar Land 130 $27,670
The Woodlands 130 $27,670
Houston 130 $27,670
San Antonio 60 $27,470
New Braunfels 60 $27,470
El Paso 50 $27,070
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 80 $28,690

Most Popular Industries for :
Occupational Therapist Aides

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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