Occupational Therapy Assistant

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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Occupational Therapy Assistant is a field that is absolutely BOOMING. There has been a 16% increase in the last two years, and Nebraska is expecting a 75% growth increase in this field over the next ten years. Now is the time to pursue this very in-demand career!

What you would do:  Occupational Therapy Assistants work under the supervision of occupational therapists to develop and implement treatment plans for patients whose physical, psychological, or social conditions have created barriers leaving them unable to fully participate in daily life. They instruct, support, and monitor the activities to ensure that the patients are learning to do things correctly, allowing the patient to become more independent.

Where you would work: An OTA works wherever patients need help in rehabilitation to negotiate everyday activities. OTAs work in schools, helping children with developmental disabilities. They help amputees who need help modifying their homes and workspaces to their new needs. They also work in hospitals and nursing homes, helping the elderly to exercise their muscles, and demonstrating how to use special equipment. An OTA is needed everywhere!

What you could make: The median pay for occupational therapy assistants in Nebraska is $25.35/hour or $52,720 annually.  Pay is usually commensurate with experience and full benefits are usually given.

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Want more information? Visit the Department of Labor for more information on job growth, payment, duties, and important skills and abilities.

 

All statistics gathered from the Department of Labor.

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