Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) work with people who are in some way disabled and need help with the every day activities of life – things like dressing, eating and getting out of the house. OTAs are supervised by occupational therapists. They work one-on-one with patients to carry out individual treatment plans and also assist occupational therapists during exams and other procedures.
Salary Range: $39,160 – $80,090
Salary Notes: The median annual wage is $59,010; in Vermont, the annual mean wage is $58,790.
Where you can study:
Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME
Lincoln College of New England, Southington, CT
Manchester (CT) Community College, Manchester, CT
New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich, RI
North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH
Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
Where you might work:
– Hospitals – Nursing Homes – Private Practice – Rehabilitation Centers – Schools
Job Outlook: Employment of occupational therapy assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024.
Education, Licensing and Certification: OTAs need a high school diploma and an associate degree from an accredited program or certificate program in an accredited community college or technical school. In most states, OTAs must pass a national certification exam after graduation.
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 301-652-6611
Vermont Occupational Therapy Association