Occupational Therapy Aides

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What do they do?

Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.

Also known as:

Certified Occupational Rehabilitation Aide (CORA), Direct Service Professional, Direct Support Professional, Direct Support Staff, Occupational Rehabilitation Aide, Occupational Therapy Aide (OT Aide), Occupational Therapy Technician (OT Tech), Program Trainer, Rehabilitation Aide (Rehab Aide), Rehabilitation Aide/Scheduler, Rehabilitation Services Aide, Rehabilitation Tech, Rehabilitation Technician (Rehab Tech), Restorative Aide, Restorative Coordinator, Restorative, Rehab Aide, Therapy Tech

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Occupational Therapy Aides in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Occupational Therapy Aides is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #10 in job growth rate
  • 30

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #5 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.7%)
  • Master's degree (2.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (17.8%)
  • Associate's degree (68.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (9.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0%)

Percent of workers in this field

★ You’re seeing education information for Occupational therapy aides(1) because we don’t have information for Occupational Therapy Aides. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Encourage patients during therapeutic activities.
  • Prepare medical reports or documents.
  • Communicate patient status to other health practitioners.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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