Occupational Therapy Assistants

$62.94K Median Salary 7K Job Openings (Annual Projection) 33.1% Job Growth

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About This Career

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.

Reported Job Titles

Acute Care Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (COTA/L), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L), Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), School Based Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Staff Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (Staff COTA/L)

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Leather accessoriesHeadpointers or mouthsticks for the physically challengedWriting aids for the physically challengedGait belts for rehabilitation or therapyArm orthopedic softgoodsClay or modeling toolsTherapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packsPage turners for the physically challengedBlood pressure cuff kitsMats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapyPhotocopiersCanes or cane accessoriesMalletsBalance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapyScrewdriversAdaptive communication switches for the physically challengedVascular sequential compression devices or tubingPatient shifting boards or accessoriesVoice synthesizers for the physically challengedWeaving accessoriesBench visesFull body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanksAwlsReflex hammers or malletsClinical hydraulic lifts or accessoriesRivet toolsLaundry type washing machinesCrutches or crutch accessoriesBraille devices for the physically challengedBack or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoodsVascular or compression apparel or supportMedical staff isolation or cover gownHand sewing needlesMedical acoustic stethoscope or accessoryWood burning toolsUtility knivesClothes dryersPositioning devicesContinuous passive motion CPM devices or accessoriesPower drillsMacrame accessoriesSlip or groove joint pliersTouch padsKilns for firing ceramicsProtective glovesGogglesPunches or nail sets or driftsGame pads or joy sticksLeg orthopedic softgoods or accessoriesCommercial use dishwashersShearsWalkers or rollatorsMedical staff isolation or surgical masksFoundry moldsLetter or symbol boards for the physically challengedKeyboardsOrthotics or foot care productsCommercial use microwave ovensPatient stretchers or stretcher accessoriesCommercial use ovensLaser fax machineSawsPower sandersBead accessoriesLacing or stringing accessoriesWheelchairsTrianglesC clampsDynamometersGoniometersWire cuttersHammersNotebook computersSquaresRaspsSewing needlesWood chiselsDesktop computersHeat gunsCrochet hooksNeedlenose pliersPersonal computersT squaresTablet computersGlue guns