To become a certified occupational therapy assistant, you usually need a associate degree. The most common jobs before becoming a certified occupational therapy assistant are occupational therapy assistant, senior technician specialist, and certified nursing assistant. Hiring managers expect a certified occupational therapy assistant to have soft skills such as detail oriented, physical strength, and compassion. Once you have all the required skills and experience, it takes an average of less than 1 month of job training to become a certified occupational therapy assistant.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant license requirements vary by state. 37 states require certified occupational therapy assistants to have licensure for their work.
The national average salary for certified occupational therapy assistants is $50,872, but with the right certifications and experience, they can make up to $68,000. Getting a certification as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) will help you to earn more as a certified occupational therapy assistant.
Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 31% and produce 16,000 job opportunities across the U.S.