Also known as Certified Occupational Rehabilitation Aide (CORA), Direct Service Professional (DSP), Direct Support Professional (DSP), Occupational Rehabilitation Aide, Occupational Therapist Aide (OT Aide), Occupational Therapy Aide (OT Aide), Rehabilitation Aide (Rehab Aide), Rehabilitation Services Aide, Restorative Aide
Also known as Certified Occupational Rehabilitation Aide (CORA), Direct Service Professional (DSP), Direct Support Professional (DSP)
Occupational Therapy Aides under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations.
In addition, Occupational Therapy Aides these duties include preparing patient and treatment room.
Occupational Therapy Aides are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Occupational Therapy Aides. More generally, Occupational Therapy Aides are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Occupational Therapy Aide is $30,180, and the average salary is $34,160. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Occupational Therapy Aide salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Occupational Therapy Aides earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Occupational Therapy Aides earn less than $20,010 per year, 25% earn less than $23,130, 75% earn less than $39,120, and 90% earn less than $58,800.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Occupational Therapy Aides is expected to change by 20.7%, and there should be roughly 900 open positions for Occupational Therapy Aides every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Occupational Therapy Aide are usually higher in their Social and Realistic interests.
Occupational Therapy Aides typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Occupational Therapy Aides typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Occupational Therapy Aide tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Occupational Therapy Aides strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Occupational Therapy Aides strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Occupational Therapy Aides moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Occupational Therapy Aides must consistently demonstrate qualities such as cooperation, concern for others, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Occupational Therapy Aides, ranked by importance:
Occupational Therapy Aides often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Occupational Therapy Aides 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 this occupation.
Occupational Therapy Aides may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as therapy and counseling, customer and personal service, or psychology knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Occupational Therapy Aides might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Occupational Therapy Aides must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Occupational Therapy Aides need abilities such as problem sensitivity, oral comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Occupational Therapy Aides, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Occupational Therapy Aides frequently use skills like service orientation, speaking, and social perceptiveness to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Occupational Therapy Aides, ranked by their relative importance.
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