OTA Program Employment Outlook
Occupational Therapy Assistants rank #12 in Best Health Care Support Jobs in 2021!
Students today can look forward to dynamic careers working in multiple settings with people of all ages. And the employment outlook for occupational therapy assistants is bright! Recent information published by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the job outlook for occupational therapy assistants will continue to improve steadily for the foreseeable future. Specifically, it states that
"Employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities."
One of the greatest advantages of a career as an occupational therapy assistant is the wide variety of opportunities available to graduates. Many assistants choose to help children thrive in the “occupations” of childhood–learning, playing, and growing. Some work in schools with students who having learning disabilities, behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome.
Occupational therapy assistants also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, and nursing homes. In these settings, they help people with traumatic injuries, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, or mental health problems learn to live productive lives through the use of meaningful occupations.
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To inquire about the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, please contact Tonya Curles.