Occupational Therapy Assistants
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
- Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.
- Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement.
- Instruct, or assist in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment.
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
- sociology and anthropology
Education and Training
- teaching and course design
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- talking to others
- understanding people's reactions
- looking for ways to help people
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- order or arrange things
- pay attention to something without being distracted
- do two or more things at the same time
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Self Control
- Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
- BrainTrain Captain's Log
- Laboratory information system LIS software
- Billing software
- Bookkeeping software
Data base user interface and query software