Occupational Therapy Aides

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.

Median Annual Wage: $26,550

Education: Associate's degree (31%); High school diploma or equivalent (27%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Rehabilitation Aide (Rehab Aide); Occupational Therapy Aide (OT Aide); Occupational Therapy Technician (OT Tech); Rehabilitation Services Aide; Rehabilitation Technician (Rehab Tech); Certified Occupational Rehabilitation Aide (CORA); Direct Service Professional; Direct Support Staff; Restorative Aide; Restorative Coordinator

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Occupational Therapy Aides.

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  • 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.
  • Supervise patients in choosing and completing work assignments or arts and crafts projects.
  • Manage intradepartmental infection control and equipment security.
  • Evaluate the living skills and capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
  • Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
  • Prepare and maintain work area, materials, and equipment and maintain inventory of treatment and educational supplies.
  • Instruct patients and families in work, social, and living skills, the care and use of adaptive equipment, and other skills to facilitate home and work adjustment to disability.
  • Assist occupational therapists in planning, implementing, and administering therapy programs to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, using selected activities and special equipment.
  • Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual and creative arts and games.
  • Adjust and repair assistive devices and make adaptive changes to other equipment and to environments.
  • Perform clerical, administrative, and secretarial duties, such as answering phones, restocking and ordering supplies, filling out paperwork, and scheduling appointments.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Occupational Therapy Aides.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Occupational Therapy Aides.

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