What does an Occupational Therapist Assistant do?

Occupational therapists work with injured, sick, or disabled patients by applying therapeutic properties to everyday activities that treat their patients’ conditions. Patients include children and young adults in educational or clinical settings, where they evaluate disabled children’s abilities and advise on appropriate classroom modifications.

Occupational therapists assist patients recovering from incidents including accidents or illnesses, and they help patients to develop, improve, and maintain the skills they need to go back to their daily living, or to resume normal activity. They also assist patients living with permanent disabilities, including paralysis of cerebral palsy, with plans and tactics that assist them with their daily lives and activities. They provide guidance on using adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs or leg braces, and help achieve progress that allows their patients to function on a more independent basis, and provide consultation. Occupational therapists need a master's degree in occupational therapy and licensing.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Occupational Therapist Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$76,875 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $77K
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Occupational Therapist Assistant Career Path

Learn how to become an Occupational Therapist Assistant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Assistant Occupational Therapist
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Occupational Therapist Assistant Insights

Read what Occupational Therapist Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Perfect PlaygroundPerfect Playground
Occupational Therapist
Jul 2, 2020

“It is a great work environment and I find other therapists fantastic to work with.”

Select RehabilitationSelect Rehabilitation
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
Dec 5, 2020

“So many !! The ridiculous hours productivity no overtime forced to work holidays for straight pay.”

Lighthouse TherapyLighthouse Therapy
Occupational Therapist
Nov 5, 2021

“There is no pressure to carry an overwhelming caseload like I have experienced in other job sites.”

Triage StaffingTriage Staffing
Occupational Therapist
Jan 13, 2021

“ins and goes above and beyond to get me the best jobs for the best pay!”

Mckenna Farms Therapy ServicesMckenna Farms Therapy Services
Occupational Therapist
Jan 14, 2021

“Hours may vary depending on patient cancellations etc. however especially around the holidays it is a good time to take a vacation as well.”

American Advantage Home CareAmerican Advantage Home Care
Occupational Therapist
Jun 27, 2020

“Flexibility and good rate of compensation.”

Reliant RehabilitationReliant Rehabilitation
Apr 20, 2020

“Doesn't listen to complaints and if your truthful they see you as a troublemaker.”

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
Feb 20, 2021

“flexible work schedule is great”

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Occupational Therapist Assistant Interviews

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an assistant occupational therapist

When working as an assistant occupational therapist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR, Excellent Communication, Computer Literate, Raising, and English Language.

The most similar professions to assistant occupational therapist are:
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  • Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Behavior Therapist