Opening a can. Feeding a pet. The tasks of daily life can seem impossible for those with physical, mental, or other challenges. If you want to help such people live more independently, but don’t want to spend many years in school, a career as an occupational therapist (OT) assistant is a great choice.
Working under supervision, OT assistants help patients with rehabilitative activities and exercises.
Occupational therapist assistants work under the supervision of occupational therapists. They help to rehabilitate people whose disabilities or conditions make it difficult to complete everyday tasks.
You can improve your chances of getting into an OT assistant program by doing well in biology and health, and by volunteering in health care.
In good physical shape. You’ll be on your feet for long periods of time, and you may have to lift patients. Patience is also a plus.
Evening and weekend hours are often required in this line of work.