The U.S Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the job outlook for occupational therapy assistants will continue to grow. Specifically, it states that: Employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for occupational therapist assistants and aides will continue to rise because of the increasing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function.
Occupational therapy practitioners work in a variety of job settings.
Public schools, hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, physician practices, and home health agencies are all job settings that may employ occupational therapy practitioners.
With career advancement, occupational therapy practitioners may move into management, specialization, teaching, research, or private practice positions.
One of the greatest advantages of a career as an occupational therapy assistant is the wide variety of opportunities available to graduates.
Many occupational therapy assistants choose to work
Activity Program Manager
Vision Intervention Specialist
Job Coach for Clients with Disabilities
Group Home Manager
Assistive Technology Consultant
Orthotics Fabrication Specialist
Inclusive Apparel Seamstress
Case Manager for Clients in Supportive Living
Independent Living Skills Trainer
Director of Day Care for Special Needs Children
Office/Factory Ergonomics Consultant
Web Sight Designer for Consumers with Disabilities
Specialist in Lifestyle Redesign
Daily Living Skills Counselor for Eating Disorder Clients
Corporate Wellness Director
Community Integration Specialist
Inclusion Specialist for Recreation Programs
Home Modification Consultant
Rehab Equipment Salesperson
Teacher Aid for Special Needs Student
Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist
Median annual wages of occupational therapist assistants were $48,230 in May 2008.
The middle 50 percent earned between $39,240 and $57,810.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,150, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $65,160.
Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of occupational therapist assistants in May 2008 were:
Home health care services $53,090
Offices of other health practitioners 50,810
Nursing care facilities 50,790
General medical and surgical hospitals 45,760
Elementary and secondary schools 41,850
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Aides
Yes, the occupational therapy profession is actively seeking to increase the number of practitioners representing culturally diverse backgrounds.
Target populations include African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders.
Other underrepresented groups include people with disabilities and men.