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