Occupational Therapy Career Options

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In occupational therapy there are three options from which to choose. One can be an occupational therapist, an occupational therapist assistant, or an occupational therapist aide. In this health profession they are responsible for helping patients in their ability to perform daily living activities like speech, physical, and mental activities. His or her patients have generally lost these abilities because of mental, physical, or developmentally or emotionally disabling conditions. This profession takes place in hospitals, offices of other health profession, and nursing care facilities. First in the career ladder is the Occupational therapist aide. They prepare the equipment and materials for therapists and assistants to use to help their patients and develop computer aided equipment and teach severe limitations on how to use the equipment. They help the patients who need assistant getting to and from treatment rooms. Also they do the paper work like answer the phone, making the appointments, and filling patient’s records. Since they have to accommodate patients schedules, occupational therapy aides may have to work nights and weekends. However they don't provide direct patient care like the occupational therapist and assistant. The education requirement for this job is a high school diploma and on the job training. Their median annual salary is $28,000 with a median hourly rate of $13.56. They do not require a license in the state of New Jersey. Second of all, when an occupational therapist aide wants to go up in the career ladder they will become an occupational therapist assistant. The assistant uses computer programs to help patients improve the following: Decision making, problem solving, and memory. They help cl... ... middle of paper ... .... April Jackson. Occupational Therapy Aide/ Rehabilitation Aide. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.otcareerpath.com/aide. [February 20, 2014]. Careercast.com (2013). Jobs Rated 2013: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best To Worst. Career Cast. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-worst-jobs-2013 [Last Accessed February 27, 2014]. Dawn Rosenberg Mackay. Occupational Therapist: Career Information. [ONLINE] Available at: http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/occ_therapist.htm. [[ONLINE] Available NBCOT. NBCOT Mission & Vision Statements. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nbcot.org/ . [Last Accessed February 19, 2014]. Michael Sapko. How to Become an Occupational Therapist Assistant. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.innerbody.com/careers-in-health/how-to-become-an-occupational-therapist-assistant.html [Last Accessed February 19, 2014].

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