Occupational therapy assistants and aides help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Occupational therapy assistants are directly involved in providing therapy to patients; occupational therapy aides typically perform support activities. Both assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists.
- Education Requirements: Associate’s degree
- Soft Skills: Compassion, detail oriented and flexibility
- Average Annual Salary: $56,000
- 3 in state schools: Linn Benton Community College (Albany, OR), Rogue Community College (Grants Pass, OR), Pacific University (Hillsboro, OR)
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