Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants often list their jobs as some of the most rewarding in the health care field. There are many reasons it’s great to be an occupational therapy assistant (OTA). Here are the top four.
1. You’ll Have a Job That Truly Helps Others
Occupational therapist assistants work under the guidance of occupational therapists to help a full range of people—from kids to the elderly—by guiding patients to complete their treatment plans through exercises and various activities.
These treatment plans can accomplish life-changing things, like helping a newly disabled person become independent enough to return home after a serious accident or helping a child who is experiencing a developmental delay grow their motor and speech skills to better enable them to make new friends and connect with the people they love.
2. You’ll Have the Potential for Great Work-Life Balance
OTAs work in many different facilities such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, rehab centers and more. Generally, they work during the day and aren’t required to work long night shifts. Because you’ll have many location options to choose from, you can choose to work close to your home with a shorter commute. This means a good work-life balance for you and your family.
3. There’s Great Potential for Growth
Government data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the job market is growing for occupational therapy assistants. The government predicts that there will be more and more jobs available, so it’ll be easier to find a job in the field and salaries are likely to increase over time.
4. You Can Get Started in Only Two Years
Before becoming an occupational therapy assistant, you’ll need to complete an Associate’s degree program at an accredited college or university. At Cambridge, we offer our Associates of Science in Occupational Therapy for those wishing to enter the field as an occupational therapy assistant, which can be completed in as little as two years.
After finishing our course at Cambridge, students are eligible to pursue entry-level employment in the field of Occupational Therapy and to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.
Learn More About Becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant
To learn more about what it takes to become an occupational therapy assistant or to apply for our Associates of Science program, contact an advisor today. We can help you understand your options and put you on the path to a highly-rewarding new career.