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Occupational Therapy Assistants

Also called: Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Where in the Army? In the Army: Occupational Therapy Specialist

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.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • psychology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Health
  • therapy and counseling

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • 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

Abilities

Verbal
  • 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

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • BrainTrain Captain's Log
  • Laboratory information system LIS software
Accounting software
  • Billing software
  • Bookkeeping software
Computer based training software
  • BrainTrain IVA+Plus
  • Language arts educational software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$55,270
per year, on average
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