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Occupational Therapist Aides - Career Information

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.

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Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Occupational Therapist Aides

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Occupational Therapist Aides relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Birmingham 40 $27870 1.48
Hoover 40 $27870 1.48


Fresno 40 $30770 2.12
Oxnard 0 $23520 0
Thousand Oaks 0 $23520 0
Ventura 0 $23520 0
San Diego 0 $57530 0
Carlsbad 0 $57530 0
Los Angeles 350 $29000 1.12
Long Beach 350 $29000 1.12
Anaheim 350 $29000 1.12
San Francisco 70 $52450 0.54
Oakland 70 $52450 0.54
Hayward 70 $52450 0.54


Atlanta 130 $27590 0.96
Sandy Springs 130 $27590 0.96
Roswell 130 $27590 0.96


Boise City 0 $28400 0


Rockford 50 $31560 5.86


Baltimore 0 $26380 0
Columbia 0 $26380 0
Towson 0 $26380 0


Grand Rapids 0 $32710 0
Wyoming 0 $32710 0
Detroit 0 $34630 0
Warren 0 $34630 0
Dearborn 0 $34630 0

New York

Buffalo 50 $31070 1.6
Cheektowaga 50 $31070 1.6
Niagara Falls 50 $31070 1.6
Syracuse 0 $32520 0


Harrisburg 40 $28910 2.07
Carlisle 40 $28910 2.07
Pittsburgh 140 $25560 2.3

Puerto Rico

San Juan 110 $17920 3.07
Carolina 110 $17920 3.07
Caguas 110 $17920 3.07


Houston 130 $27670 0.82
The Woodlands 130 $27670 0.82
Sugar Land 130 $27670 0.82
Dallas 220 $25750 1.19
Fort Worth 220 $25750 1.19
Arlington 220 $25750 1.19
El Paso 50 $27070 2.98
San Antonio 60 $27470 1.22
New Braunfels 60 $27470 1.22


Salt Lake City 80 $28690 2.13
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Most Popular Industries (as of 2008) for:
Occupational Therapist Aides

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industry Jobs Percent 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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