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Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides


According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for occupational therapy assistants will grow by 33 percent, much faster than the average, through 2028. Occupational therapy aides will also have much faster than average employment growth (19 percent) in that same time frame. However, only a small number of new jobs will actually be available due to the size of these occupations. Occupational growth will stem from an increased number of people with disabilities and elderly people. Although more people are living well into their 70s, 80s, and in some cases, 90s, they often need the kinds of services occupational therapy provides. Medical technology has greatly improved, saving many lives that in the past would be lost through accidents, stroke, or other illnesses. Such people need rehabilitation therapy as they recuperate. Hospitals and employers are hiring more therapy assistants to help with the workload and to reduce costs. Occupational therapy assistants and aides with experience in an occupational therapy office or related healthcare setting will have the advantage in the job market.

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