|Quick Facts: Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides|
|2012 Median Pay||
$48,940 per year
$23.53 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||38,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||41% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||15,900|
Occupational therapy assistants and aides help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to patients, while occupational therapy aides typically perform support activities. Both assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists.
Occupational therapy assistants and aides work primarily in occupational therapists’ offices, hospitals, and nursing care facilities. Occupational therapy assistants and aides spend much of their time on their feet setting up equipment and, in the case of assistants, working with patients.
Occupational therapy assistants need an associate’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program. In most states, occupational therapy assistants must be licensed. Occupational therapy aides typically have a high school diploma or equivalent.
In May 2012, the median annual wage for occupational therapy assistants was $53,240. The median annual wage for occupational therapy aides was $26,850 in May 2012.
Employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 41 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities.
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