We calculated that 27% of Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants are proficient in Patients, Home Health, and Patient Care. They’re also known for soft skills such as Physical strength, Detail oriented, and Compassion.
We break down the percentage of Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Patients, 27%
Skilled communicator who cultivates positive relationships and works collaboratively with patients, colleagues and physicians from diverse cultural and/or organizational backgrounds.
- Home Health, 12%
Assist Occupational Therapist with plan of care, treatment plans and treatment in Outpatient/Home Health Care setting.
- Patient Care, 10%
Provided documentation to support patient care provided.
- Rehabilitation, 9%
Provided occupational therapy services to rehabilitation, acute care, and outpatients in a hospital setting.
- Acute Care, 6%
Provide 1:1 occupational therapy in an acute care surgical setting.
- Quality Care, 5%
Provided quality care while maintaining profitability.
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Most certified occupational therapist assistants list "patients," "home health," and "patient care" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important certified occupational therapist assistant responsibilities here: Arguably the most important personality trait for a certified occupational therapist assistant to have happens to be physical strength. An example from a resume said this about the skill, "assistants and aides need to have a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required to assist patients" Additionally, other resumes have pointed out that certified occupational therapist assistants can use physical strength to "implement ue strengthening(hep) * adls * neuromuscular reeducation * transfer/bed mobility * adaptive equipment training * treatment and documentation" While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many certified occupational therapist assistant duties rely on detail oriented. This example from a certified occupational therapist assistant explains why: "occupational therapy assistants and aides must quickly and accurately follow the instructions, both written and spoken, of an occupational therapist." This resume example is just one of many ways certified occupational therapist assistants are able to utilize detail oriented: "described plan of care to customers, staff and or family while accurately explained details of care plan. " Another skill that is quite popular among certified occupational therapist assistants is compassion. This skill is very critical to fulfilling every day responsibilities as is shown in this example from a certified occupational therapist assistant resume: "occupational therapy assistants and aides frequently work with patients who struggle with many of life’s basic activities" This example from a resume shows how this skill is used: "demonstrated compassion and positive relationships with patients and their families. " A certified occupational therapist assistant responsibilities sometimes require "interpersonal skills." The responsibilities that rely on this skills are shown by this resume excerpt: "occupational therapy assistants and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients and therefore should be friendly and courteous" This resume example shows how this skill is used by certified occupational therapist assistants: "provide excellent customer service through strong interpersonal skills and building relationships with patients. "
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Those certified occupational therapist assistants who do attend college, typically earn either occupational therapy degrees or medical assisting services degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for certified occupational therapist assistants include liberal arts degrees or psychology degrees.
Once you're ready to become a certified occupational therapist assistant, you should explore the companies that typically hire certified occupational therapist assistants. According to certified occupational therapist assistant resumes that we searched through, certified occupational therapist assistants are hired the most by Encore Rehabilitation Services, Life Care Solutions, and Life Care Centers of America. Currently, Encore Rehabilitation Services has 64 certified occupational therapist assistant job openings, while there are 43 at Life Care Solutions and 42 at Life Care Centers of America.
Since salary is important to some certified occupational therapist assistants, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Constellation Health Services, Life Care Centers of America, and Legacy Health. If you were to take a closer look at Constellation Health Services, you'd find that the average certified occupational therapist assistant salary is $68,643. Then at Life Care Centers of America, certified occupational therapist assistants receive an average salary of $68,237, while the salary at Legacy Health is $63,535.
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If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Aegis Therapies, RehabCare Group East Inc, and Encompass Health. These three companies have hired a significant number of certified occupational therapist assistants from these institutions.