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Occupational Therapy Assistant

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 [1], Fall River, MA
Community College of Rhode Island [2], Warwick, RI
Kennebec Valley Community College [3], Fairfield, ME
Lincoln College of New England [4], Southington, CT
Manchester (CT) Community College [5], Manchester, CT
New England Institute of Technology [6], East Greenwich, RI
North Shore Community College [7], Danvers, MA
Quinsigamond Community College [8], Worcester, MA
River Valley Community College [9], Claremont, NH
Springfield Technical Community College [10], 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.

Professional Organizations:
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) [11] 301-652-6611
Vermont Occupational Therapy Association [12]