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What is Occupational Therapy?

March 27, 2009 0 Comments

Students all around the world are enrolling in occupational therapy assistant courses, hoping to begin a rewarding career in the occupational therapy industry. According to the Department of Labor, occupational therapists held about 25,000 jobs in 2006. Occupational therapy assistants have the opportunity to work in a number of diverse environments: 29 percent of occupational therapists and aides were employed by hospitals, 23 percent were in the offices of occupational therapists, and 21 percent were in nursing and residential care facilities. Source: Others were employed by institutions including community care facilities for the elderly, home health care services, individual and family services, and State government agencies. It's no wonder so many workers are seeking to enrich the lives of others in this growing industry. Let's take a look at why many workers are seeking occupational therapy assistant classes to prepare them to enter the field.

Why Occupational Therapy?
According to the Department of Labor, employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is expected to increase by 25 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Source:

As the elderly population grows larger, so will the demand for occupational therapy assistants. In the long run, more and more occupational therapy assistants will be needed in response to the increasing number of people with disabilities or limited function. Another reason for the tremendous growth projection in this position is that, in the future, occupational therapists are expected to rely more and more on occupational therapy assistants as a means of reducing the cost of occupational therapy services. In many cases, occupational therapy assistants will assume a number of responsibilities from occupational therapists, providing treatment to patients after it has been prescribed by the therapists.

While the increased demand for occupational therapy assistants is an excellent selling point for this field, it is not the only attribute drawing the interest of emerging professionals. Occupational therapy assistants feel pride in knowing that they are providing valuable services to the community. They can help improve the lives of patients through their work supporting occupational therapists. Qualities essential to this position include dependability, patience, and the ability to take direction and work well with others. It is also important for occupational therapy assistants to have a strong desire to care for others and to help those in need.

Why Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses?
In spite of the large number of opportunities as an occupational therapy assistant, there is competition for these positions, and a degree in occupational therapy assistant can provide the competitive edge prospective occupational therapy assistants will need to break into the workforce. Occupational therapy assistant courses provide students with essential information about various medical areas and can improve opportunities for future advancement. Source: Many occupational therapy assistants advance into administrative positions, oversee the assistants in a larger occupational therapy department, or take on directorial responsibilities for a specific area of occupational therapy. Some occupational therapy assistants may even go on to teach occupational therapy assistant courses or health risk reduction classes for the elderly.

If you are interested in receiving the training you need to embark on an exciting career as an occupational therapy assistant, occupational therapy assistant classes are available. Our Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is designed to help students prepare for a career assisting occupational therapists. To enroll in occupational therapy assistant classes or to learn more about our occupational therapy assistant degree, click here.

Sanford-Brown - Hazelwood is close to many locations:
Ballwin, MO - approximately 22.2 miles
Saint Peters, MO - approximately 17.6 miles
O'Fallon, MO - approximately 22.3 miles
St. Louis, MO - approximately 20.8 miles


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Aides, on the Internet at (visited January 19, 2009).


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