Occupational Therapy Aides Career
The profession of Occupational Therapist is a close cousin of perhaps the more well-known Physical Therapist. The difference is that Occupational Therapists (OT) generally do not treat injuries directly, but rather help patients improve their ability to accomplish daily tasks and increase their living independence.
The job of an Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) is to work under the supervision of an OT in treating patients to regain life skills after an injury, or to overcome natural physical handicaps.
Still one tier lower than the OT and OTA is the Occupational Therapist Aide, not to be confused with the Occupational Therapists Assistant. The difference is that an OTA (Assistant) requires and 2-year degree and licensure, while an OTA (Aide) can work without a 2-year degree, but must have a high school diploma or GED.
To be clear, this article is focused on the job of OT “Aide.” There still might be some confusion in some states because the job titles of “Aide” and “Assistant” tend to be used interchangeably. Also, 31% of OT Aides working today have a 2-year degree while 27% are high school graduates only.