Is Occupational Therapy right for you?

Would you be excited to...

  • Help a child with balance and coordination problems to play with peers on playground equipment because of OT intervention?
  • See a client unable to care for their personal needs such as feeding, dressing and toileting become self-sufficient because of OT treatment?
  • Provide home modifications to a mother with a recent spinal cord injury so she can go home and return to her role as a mom?
  • Help an elderly person remain in their home by providing adaptive equipment to ensure safety and independence?
  • Teach a person diagnosed with schizophrenia the coping skills needed to perform daily living activities and gain supportive employment?

If these opportunities appear exciting to you then you may want to explore a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Skills and Characteristics

In the field of Occupational Therapy therapists need to demonstrate...

  • self-awareness
  • self-acceptance
  • awareness of others
  • ability to communicate awareness
  • ability to cope effectively with the emotional demands of the environment
  • to interact effectively with a variety of people
  • capability to subordinating personal feelings 
  • sufficient emotional stamina to deal with patients who will depend on him/her for emotional and psychological support during therapy
  • skills necessary to relate to others verbally and in writing
  • required to use written documentation skills to communicate with other professionals
  • fundamentals of practice by adhering to the code of ethics, safety regulations, and use sound judgment in regards to safety of self and others.

Employment Settings

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants are employed in a variety of settings with all age groups and many diagnoses.


  • In patient
  • Out patient
  • Acute care
  • Sub acute care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatric

Schools – public and private

  • Preschool servicing pre-primary impaired children
  • Developmental centers

Community Programs

  • Independent living centers
  • Child development specialists
  • Geriatric day treatment centers
  • Community mental health
  • Home health

Geriatric Programs

  • Long-term treatment centers
  • Assistive living centers
  • Dementia units

Private Practice

  • Worker re-entry program
  • Hand therapy
  • Ergonomic intervention