Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) are in high demand nationwide. Patients who are struggling with disease, disorder or limitations are in need of your care and expertise. You help restore daily activities in all of their environments. And as a traveler with Cross Country Allied, you can perform the job that you love in exciting destinations that you’ve always wanted to visit. From the tropics of Hawaii and South Florida to the wild wilderness of Alaska and Montana — we have OTA job opportunities across the country. It’s an open road waiting for you to explore.
As an occupational therapy assistant, you are directly involved in providing therapy to patients to help them develop, recover and improve skills needed for daily living and working.
Your collaborations with Occupational Therapists help to develop and carry out treatment plans for patients. From assisting injured workers to helping them get back into the workforce by teaching them how regain lost motor skills, to assisting people with learning disabilities and teaching them skills that allow them to be more independent —our healthcare community needs you.
There were approximately 41,900 occupational therapy assistant jobs in 2014. OTAs spend much of their time on their feet setting up equipment and working with patients. Constant kneeling and stooping are part of the job, as lifting patients is sometimes required.
Occupational therapy assistants work primarily in occupational therapists’ offices, hospitals, and nursing care facilities. Most occupational therapy assistants work full-time. Occupational therapy assistants may work during evenings or on weekends to accommodate patients' schedules.
Occupational therapy assistants typically need an associate’s degree from an accredited program. Occupational therapy assistant programs are commonly found in community colleges and technical schools. In 2014, there were more than 200 occupational therapy assistant programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, a branch of the American Occupational Therapy Association. OTA programs generally require two years of full-time study. They include classroom instruction in subjects such as psychology, biology, and pediatric health. Occupational therapy assistants also must complete at least 16 weeks of fieldwork as part of their education to gain hands-on work experience.
As a traveling OTA, you will want to ensure you have an associate’s degree from an accredited program before applying for an occupational therapy assistant position.
Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow 40 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage for OTAs was $56,070 in 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. In May 2016, the median annual wages for occupational therapy assistants in the top five industries in which they worked were as follows:
Being employed in a sought-after field like occupational therapy gives you unlimited options on where you can take your skills. You have the opportunity to travel to cities and towns most people will never get to experience. The talented recruiters at Cross Country Allied will get to know you and help you find the ideal assignment that meets all of your expectations. Plus, wherever your travels take you, an excellent benefits package will be waiting: