Occupational therapy aides facilitate therapy sessions by preparing treatment areas and helping patients get to and from them. They also tend to clerical tasks including answering the phone and making appointments.
Aspiring occupational therapy aides need a high school or equivalency diploma. Employers provide on-the-job training with more experienced aides and occupational therapy assistants. Job growth in this field will be much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition).
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