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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)

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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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

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

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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