OTA Careers

OTA Careers

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA's) work in a variety of settings, under the supervision of occupational therapists. Young or old, we all have a job to do--the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families and ourselves are among the "occupations" of life.

Sometimes physical, emotional, or other challenges prevent people from participating fully in the job of living. Stroke, injury, depression, and developmental disabilities, for example, can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be as active and as independent as they'd like.

Occupational therapy makes it possible for people to regain independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference. You will improve the lives of children, young people, and adults alike.

Career Opportunities for a graduate with an associate degree in occupational therapy may include working in:

  • Public and private schools
  • Early intervention programs
  • General, psychiatric, and pediatric hospitals
  • Day treatment centers
  • Hospices and home health agencies
  • Rehabilitation hospitals and centers
  • Skilled and intermediate care facilities
  • Community living programs
  • Community wellness centers
  • Work hardening and adjustment programs
  • Hand therapy clinics

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