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Occupational Therapy Aides

Also called: Occupational Therapy Aide (OT Aide), Occupational Therapy Technician (OT Tech), Rehabilitation Aide (Rehab Aide), Rehabilitation Technician (Rehab Tech)

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What they do:
Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe patients' attendance, progress, attitudes, and accomplishments and record and maintain information in client records.
  • Encourage patients and attend to their physical needs to facilitate the attainment of therapeutic goals.
  • Report to supervisors or therapists, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, attendance, and accomplishments.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • therapy and counseling


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions
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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Access
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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