Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 31-2012 Occupational Therapist Aides
Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.
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: Observe patients' attendance, progress, attitudes, and accomplishments and record and maintain information in client records. Encourage patients and attend to their physical needs to facilitate the attainment of therapeutic goals. Report to supervisors or therapists, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, attendance, and accomplishments. Supervise patients in choosing and completing work assignments or arts and crafts projects. Manage intradepartmental infection control and equipment security. Evaluate the living skills and capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients. Prepare and maintain work area, materials, and equipment and maintain inventory of treatment and educational supplies. Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area. Instruct patients and families in work, social, and living skills, the care and use of adaptive equipment, and other skills to facilitate home and work adjustment to disability. Assist occupational therapists in planning, implementing, and administering therapy programs to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, using selected activities and special equipment. Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual and creative arts and games. Adjust and repair assistive devices and make adaptive changes to other equipment and to environments. Perform clerical, administrative, and secretarial duties, such as answering phones, restocking and ordering supplies, filling out paperwork, and scheduling appointments.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Very Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.12   Entry $23,131.00
Mean $13.52   Mean $28,127.00
Experience $14.72 Experience $30,614.00

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
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