Occupational Therapy Assistants
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
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.
- Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records.
- Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.
Math and Science
Education and Training
- teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
- reading work related information
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- understanding people's reactions
- looking for ways to help people
People and Technology Systems
- thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Concern for Others
- Self Control
- Stress Tolerance
You might use software like this on the job:
- BrainTrain Captain's Log
- Laboratory information system LIS software
- Billing software
- Bookkeeping software
Computer based training software
- BrainTrain IVA+Plus
- Language arts educational software