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SOC: 31-2011 Occupational Therapist Assistants
Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.
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Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities. Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement. Instruct, or assist in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment. Maintain and promote a positive attitude toward clients and their treatment programs. Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records. Aid patients in dressing and grooming themselves. Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently. Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient. Evaluate the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients. Attend continuing education classes. Report to supervisors, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior. Alter treatment programs to obtain better results if treatment is not having the intended effect. Work under the direction of occupational therapists to plan, implement, or administer educational, vocational, or recreational programs that restore or enhance performance in individuals with functional impairments. Teach patients how to deal constructively with their emotions. Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual or creative arts or games. Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling appointments, collecting data, or documenting health insurance billings.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board of Occupational Therapy for application process and examination schedules. License Fee: $115.00 License Renewal Fee: $115.00
Outlook: Excellent
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $21.85   Entry $45,434.00
Mean $28.21   Mean $58,668.00
Experience $31.39 Experience $65,290.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
500660852.81
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