Details Report for:
31-2011.00 - Occupational Therapy Assistants
Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.
Sample of reported job titles: Acute Care Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (COTA/L), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L), Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), School Based Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Staff Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (Staff COTA/L)
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Augmentative communication systems
- Arm orthopedic softgoods — Arm braces; Slings
- Awls — Punching awls
- Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods — Back braces
- Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy — Balance boards
- Bead accessories — Beading needles
- Bench vises — Vises
- Blood pressure cuff kits — Sphygmomanometers
- Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille writers
- C clamps
- Canes or cane accessories — Canes
- Clay or modeling tools — Ceramic modeling tools; Slip mixers
- Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories — Hydraulic lifts
- Clothes dryers — Industrial clothes dryers
- Commercial use dishwashers — Automatic dishwashing systems
- Commercial use microwave ovens — Commercial microwave ovens
- Commercial use ovens — Commercial cooking ovens
- Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories — Continuous passive motion CPM equipment
- Crochet hooks
- Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches
- Desktop computers
- Foundry molds — Metalsmith molds
- Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks — Hydrotherapy equipment
- Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy — Gait belts; Transfer belts
- Game pads or joy sticks — Joy sticks
- Glue guns
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Hand sewing needles — Knitting needles
- Headpointers or mouthsticks for the physically challenged — Headpointers; Mouthsticks; Optical pointers
- Heat guns
- Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards
- Kilns for firing ceramics — Ceramics kilns
- Lacing or stringing accessories — Lacing needles
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Laundry type washing machines — Light commercial washing machines
- Leather accessories — Leather scissors; Rotary punches; Wing dividers
- Leg orthopedic softgoods or accessories — Lower extremity braces
- Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Communication boards
- Macrame accessories — Macrame boards
- Mallets — Rawhide mallets
- Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy — Treatment tables
- Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes
- Medical staff isolation or cover gown — Protective gowns
- Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Surgical masks
- Needlenose pliers
- Notebook computers
- Orthotics or foot care products — Orthotic devices
- Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners
- Patient shifting boards or accessories — Sliding boards
- Patient stretchers or stretcher accessories — Stretchers
- Personal computers
- Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
- Positioning devices — Patient positioning devices
- Power drills — Hand drills
- Power sanders — Power hand sanders
- Protective gloves — Safety gloves
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Mini punch sets
- Reflex hammers or mallets — Reflex hammers
- Rivet tools — Rivet setters
- Saws — Multi-purpose saw sets
- Screwdrivers — Mini screwdriver sets
- Sewing needles
- Shears — Metal shears
- Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers
- T squares
- Tablet computers
- Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs — Cold packs; Therapeutic hot packs
- Touch pads — Trackpads
- Utility knives — Precision knives
- Vascular or compression apparel or support — Compressive garments
- Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing — Compression devices
- Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Talking word processor software
- Walkers or rollators — Walkers
- Weaving accessories — Latch hooks
- Wire cutters
- Wood burning tools — Wood burners
- Wood chisels
- Writing aids for the physically challenged — Word prediction software; Writing support software
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — Billing software; Bookkeeping software; Fifth Walk BillingTracker; Financial record software
- Action games — BrainTrain SmartDriver
- Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software
- Computer based training software — BrainTrain IVA+Plus; Language arts educational software; Math educational software
- Data base user interface and query software — Database software; dBASE; FileMaker Pro software; Microsoft Access
- Device drivers or system software — Screen reader software
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Medical software — BrainTrain Captain's Log; Laboratory information system LIS software; TheraClin Systems iMAPR; Visual Health Information VHI PC-Kits (see all 7 examples)
- Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Text scanning software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Voice recognition software
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
- Perform clerical work in medical settings.
- Clean medical equipment.
- Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
- Implement therapeutic programs to improve patient functioning.
- Maintain medical records.
- Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
- Prepare medical reports or documents.
- Record vital statistics or other health information.
- Encourage patients during therapeutic activities.
- Communicate patient status to other health practitioners.
- Develop patient therapy programs.
- Assist patients with daily activities.
- Teach basic living or other adaptive skills to patients or caregivers.
- Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients.
- Move patients to or from treatment areas.
- Confer with other professionals to plan patient care.
- Process medical billing information.
- Inventory medical supplies or equipment.
- Administer screening tests to determine abilities or treatment needs.
- Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
- Make patient-assistive devices or device models.
- Attend educational events to update medical knowledge.
- Teach medical procedures to healthcare personnel.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|21-1093.00||Social and Human Service Assistants|
|25-1194.00||Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary|
|25-2011.00||Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education|
|29-2061.00||Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses|
|31-2021.00||Physical Therapist Assistants Bright Outlook|
|31-9099.01||Speech-Language Pathology Assistants|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$27.38 hourly, $56,950 annual|
|Employment (2012)||30,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Much faster than average (22% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||20,500|
|Top industries (2012)||
Health Care and Social Assistance (90% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.