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Occupational Therapy technicians - Jobs and earnings

Employment

Occupational therapist assistants and aides hold about 27,000 jobs.

Occupational therapist assistants hold about 21,000 jobs, and occupational therapist aides hold approximately 5,400.

About 30 percent of jobs for assistants and aides are in hospitals, 23 percent are in offices of occupational therapists, and 18 percent are in nursing care facilities.

The rest are primarily in community care facilities for the elderly, home health care services, individual and family services, and State government agencies.

Future Outlook

Employment of occupational therapist assistants and aides is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. The impact of proposed Federal legislation imposing limits on reimbursement for therapy services may adversely affect the job market for occupational therapist assistants and aides in the short run.

Over the long run, however, demand for occupational therapist assistants and aides will continue to rise because of the increasing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function. Job growth will result from an aging population, including the baby-boom generation, which will need more occupational therapy services. The increased prevalence of sensory disorders in children will increase the demand for occupational therapy services.

Increasing demand also will result from advances in medicine that allow more people with critical problems to survive and then need rehabilitative therapy. In an effort to control rising health care costs, third-party payers are expected to encourage occupational therapists to delegate more hands-on therapy work to lower-paid occupational therapist assistants and aides.

Earnings of Occupational Therapist Aides and Assistants

Median annual earnings of occupational therapist assistants are $38,430. The middle 50 percent earn between $31,970 and $44,390. The lowest 10 percent earn less than $25,880, and the highest 10 percent earn more than $52,700. Median annual earnings of occupational therapist assistants are $40,130 in offices of other health practitioners, which includes offices of occupational therapists.

Median annual earnings of occupational therapist aides are $23,150. The middle 50 percent earn between $19,080 and $31,910. The lowest 10 percent earn less than $15,820, and the highest 10 percent earn more than $41,560.

 

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