Working under the direction of occupational therapists, they provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional or developmental impairments. The ultimate goal is to improve clients’ quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. For example, occupational therapist assistants help injured workers reenter the labor force by teaching them how to compensate for lost motor skills. Individuals with learning disabilities are given help designed to increase their independence. Occupational therapist assistants generally must complete an associate’s degree or a certificate program. Occupational therapist aides receive most of their training on the job.

Job Prospects: Much better than average due to growing demand.

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