Occupational Therapy Assistants, enjoy the new found freedom of travel healthcare.

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) are in high demand all across the country. 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 TravCorps, 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.

OTAs make an unrivaled difference to the profession.
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 collaboration with Occupational Therapists help to develop and carry out treatment plans for patients. From assisting injured workers to help 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.

At Cross Country TravCorps, we constantly receive new occupational therapy assistant jobs that you can apply to at any time.

Typical Work Environment for OTAs
Occupational therapy assistants held about 30,300 jobs in 2012.  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 there is the need to sometimes lift patients.

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.

How to become an Occupation Therapy Assistant?
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 March 2013, there were 162 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

Occupational therapy assistant pay and wage forecast.
Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow 43 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage for OTAs was $53,240 in May 2012. 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 2012, the median annual wages for occupational therapy assistants in the top five industries in which they worked were as follows:

Home healthcare services


Nursing and residential care facilities


Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists,
and audiologists


Hospitals; state, local, and private


Educational services; state, local, and private


Discover a new career path as a travel OTA.
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 TravCorps will get to know you and help you find the ideal assignment that meets all of your expectations. Plus, wherever you decide to head off to, an excellent benefits package will be waiting:

Let Cross Country TravCorps meet your goals as a traveling occupational therapist assistant. Call us now, apply online, or search the travel OTA jobs we have available!