We calculated that 33% of Occupational Therapy Aides are proficient in Patients, Rehabilitation, and Patient Care. They’re also known for soft skills such as Detail oriented, Physical strength, and Compassion.
We break down the percentage of Occupational Therapy Aides that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Patients, 33%
Assisted occupational and physical therapists with maximum assistance transfers, adaptive equipment use and prevent falls of patients during strenuous activities.
- Rehabilitation, 10%
Integrated theory into evaluation, intervention and discharge planning in outpatient rehabilitation for adults with orthopedic and neurological conditions.
- Patient Care, 7%
Provided supportive services involving patient related tasks such as preparation and assisting in patient care as delegated by the therapists.
- CPR, 6%
SKIP, CPR, first aid trained and performed as often as daily, where necessary.
- Occupational Therapy, 5%
Developed and co-facilitated two, six-week pediatric social skills groups with occupational therapy and speech therapy students.
- Physical Therapy, 4%
Escort patient to and from physical therapy sessions.
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"patients," "rehabilitation," and "patient care" aren't the only skills we found occupational therapy aides list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of occupational therapy aide responsibilities that we found, including: Arguably the most important personality trait for an occupational therapy aide to have happens to be detail oriented. An example from a resume said this about the skill, "occupational therapy assistants and aides must quickly and accurately follow the instructions, both written and spoken, of an occupational therapist" Additionally, other resumes have pointed out that occupational therapy aides can use detail oriented to "oriented physical and occupational therapy volunteers for observation of the therapists and upkeep of the clinic. " While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many occupational therapy aide duties rely on physical strength. This example from a occupational therapy aide explains why: "assistants and aides need to have a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required to assist patients." This resume example is just one of many ways occupational therapy aides are able to utilize physical strength: "participate in therapy sessions assisting with activities to enhance physical, mental and cognitive outputs. " Another skill that is quite popular among occupational therapy aides is compassion. This skill is very critical to fulfilling every day responsibilities as is shown in this example from a occupational therapy aide 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: "provided efficient point of service care while engaging with client with compassion and understanding. " An occupational therapy aide 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 occupational therapy aides: "organized and participated in an adl groups with a speech-language pathologist to focus on hygiene and interpersonal skills. "
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Before becoming an occupational therapy aide, 65.0% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 15.3% occupational therapy aides went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most occupational therapy aides have a college degree. But about one out of every eight occupational therapy aides didn't attend college at all.
Those occupational therapy aides who do attend college, typically earn either a occupational therapy degree or a psychology degree. Less commonly earned degrees for occupational therapy aides include a kinesiology degree or a health sciences and services degree.
When you're ready to become an occupational therapy aide, you might wonder which companies hire occupational therapy aides. According to our research through occupational therapy aide resumes, occupational therapy aides are mostly hired by Breast & Cervical Cancer Program, MedStar Health, and Mission Regional Medical Center. Now is a good time to apply as Breast & Cervical Cancer Program has 1 occupational therapy aides job openings, and there are 1 at MedStar Health and 1 at Mission Regional Medical Center.
If you're interested in companies where occupational therapy aides make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Sutter Health, LifePoint Health, and Mercy Corps. We found that at Sutter Health, the average occupational therapy aide salary is $35,791. Whereas at LifePoint Health, occupational therapy aides earn roughly $34,689. And at Mercy Corps, they make an average salary of $31,825.
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We also looked into companies who hire occupational therapy aides from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Aegis Therapies, RehabCare Group East Inc, and Amedisys.