Occupational therapy is a challenging career field that can be extremely rewarding. If you would enjoy helping people overcome physical or developmental obstacles, you should consider a career as an occupational therapy assistant.
Occupational Therapy Career Outlook
Due to growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function who require therapy services, employment for certified occupational therapy assistants is expected to increase nationally much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2022.* In the occupational therapy assistant program at Kaplan College, you will have the opportunity to learn how to help people with varying levels of disabilities to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. In addition, you will gain real-world experience through externships in the community.
While on the job, occupational therapy assistants may be called upon to perform the following:
- Administer tests such as functional muscle and range of motion
- Adapt environments for people with disabilities
- Design, fabricate, and apply orthotic devices and equipment
- Help clients improve basic motor functions and reasoning abilities using specifically designed exercises
- Teach daily living skills to help clients lead more independent, productive, and satisfying lives
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition
, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Occupational-therapy-assistants-and-aides.htm
(accessed January 2014). Expected national growth rate through the year 2022. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.