Skip navigation

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.
  • 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.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • 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:
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail


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

Get started on your career:

Find Training Find Certifications

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
per year, on average
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

See more details at O*NET OnLine about occupational therapy assistants.