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Occupational Report for Occupational Therapist Assistants (31-2011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

Employment Outlook for Occupational Therapist Assistants
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2010 was somewhat smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. This occupation is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2020. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2020.

Limited employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Occupational Therapist Assistants There are 19 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 19 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Occupational Therapy Assistant/COTA - PRN 4/15/14 Saint Helens $20,000/yr
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 4/15/14 Lebanon
COTA: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in Grants Pass, OR 4/15/14 Grants Pass
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 4/1/14 Medford
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 4/1/14 Portland
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Medford
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Ashland
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Medford
Full-Time Occuaptional Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Salem
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Keizer
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Portland
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Bend
Part-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Mcminnville
Part-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/28/14 Sheridan
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA - PRN 3/22/14 Salem
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - On-Call - 14-0416 3/19/14 Mcminnville DOE
Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/6/14 Eugene
Occupational Therapist Assistant 2/4/14 Mcminnville
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant 1/9/14 Pendleton $19.31/hr to $21.65/hr
Job Openings from the Web for Occupational Therapist Assistants The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 115 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
COTA - Rehab Job In Keizer OR 4/14/14 Keizer AHC-Staffing
COTA - Rehab Job In Lebanon OR 4/14/14 Waterloo AHC-Staffing
Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) - SNF 13 weeks contract 4/13/14 Medford Centra Healthcare
COTA: Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in Grants Pass OR 4/12/14 Grants Pass Pinnacle Health
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 4/12/14 Infinity Rehab
COTA 4/11/14 Trustaff
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - SNF-General Rehab 4/11/14 Keizer Cirrus Medical Staffing
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - SNF-General Rehab 4/11/14 Lebanon Cirrus Medical Staffing
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 4/11/14 Lebanon Infinity Rehab
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA 4/10/14 Portland Supplemental Health Care
Occupational Therapy Assistant 4/10/14 Medford Supplemental Health Care
Occupational Therapy Assistant 4/10/14 Medford Supplemental Health Care
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant / COTA 4/10/14 Portland Supplemental Health Care
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA 4/10/14 Portland Supplemental Health Care
Occupational Therapist Asst/COTA Salem OR (S of Portland) 4/9/14 Salem Career Management Services and Staffing
Cert Occu Therapist Assist/COTA/DOR for Sheridan OR 4/9/14 Sheridan Career Management Services and Staffing
Cert Occupational Therapist Assist/COTA for Mt. Vernon OR 4/9/14 Mount Vernon Career Management Services and Staffing
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/COTA is needed for St. Helens OR 4/9/14 Saint Helens Career Management Services and Staffing
Cert Occu Therapist Assist/COTA for Myrtle Point OR 4/9/14 Myrtle Point Career Management Services and Staffing
Occupational Therapist Asst/COTA Gresham OR (E of Portland) 4/9/14 Gresham Career Management Services and Staffing
Cert Occu Therapist Assist/COTA for Lebanon OR 4/9/14 Lebanon Career Management Services and Staffing
Cert Occupational Therapist Assist/COTA for Sweet Home OR 4/9/14 Sweet Home Career Management Services and Staffing
Cert Occu Therapist Assist/COTA for Lake Oswego OR 4/9/14 Lake Oswego Career Management Services and Staffing
Cert Occupational Therapist Assist/COTA for Pendelton OR 4/9/14 Pendleton Career Management Services and Staffing
certified Occupational Therapist Assistant for Medford OR 4/9/14 Medford Career Management Services and Staffing
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Wages for Occupational Therapist Assistants
Region ---------------- 2013 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Note: This occupation has a large share of part-time workers.
Annual wages for occupations with a large share of part-time workers may overstate actual income.
Oregon Statewide $21.33 $24.75 $27.28 $29.86 $34.75 $27.23 $56,633
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 24.74 25.99 28.09 30.35 34.76 28.51 59,300
Multnomah / Washington 23.78 25.01 27.06 29.10 32.54 26.83 55,801
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 19.59 22.44 27.71 33.09 35.88 27.37 56,927
Lane 16.45 24.36 26.53 28.68 29.96 25.11 52,213
Jackson / Josephine 27.59 30.95 33.92 36.87 42.04 33.86 70,425
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Regional Employment Projections for Occupational Therapist Assistants
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2010 2020 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 138 183 45 32.6% 5 3 7
Multnomah / Washington 90 114 24 26.7% 2 2 4
Clackamas 18 28 10 55.6% 1 0 1
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 15 18 3 20.0% 0 0 1
Lane 7 11 4 57.1% 0 0 1
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 6 9 3 50.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 3 4 1 33.3% 0 0 0
Douglas 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Occupational Therapist Assistants
Industry
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Ownership 2010
Employment
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 111
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 53
Offices of Other Health Practitioners Private 50
Hospitals Private 45
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 42
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 12
Nursing Care Facilities Private 10
Educational Services Local 19
Elementary and Secondary Schools Local 16
Educational Requirements for Occupational Therapist Assistants Workers typically need an Associate's degree to enter this occupation.
Skills for Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Analyze Patient Activity
  • Analyze Therapy Response
  • Apply Disabilities Theory
  • Apply Health And Sanitation Standards
  • Apply Human Anatomy And Physiology Knowledge
  • Apply Human Developmental Disease Theory
  • Apply Human Growth And Development Theory
  • Apply Human Kinesiology Theory
  • Apply Massage Therapy Treatments
  • Apply Motivational Techniques In Physical Therapy Setting
  • Apply Neurology Theory
  • Apply Patient Care Procedures
  • Apply Physiotherapy Techniques
  • Assist In Administering Occupational Rehabilitation Program
  • Fit Medical Supportive Devices
  • Follow Medical Office Procedures
  • Improve And Develop Patient Work Skills
  • Maintain And Compile Medical Records And Charts
  • Observe Patients, Report Patients' Condition And Responses To Treatment
  • Position Patients For Therapy
  • Practice Preventive Procedures In Medical Therapy Setting
  • Prepare Patients For Therapy
  • Process Medical Records
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Provide Medical Treatments To Patients
  • Refer Clients And Patients To Community Services
  • Repair And Maintain Medical Supportive Devices
  • Retrieve Files And Charts
  • Structure Therapy Treatments To Patient Need
  • Take Vital Signs
  • Teach Medical Self Care
  • Use Clinical Sterilizing Techniques
  • Use Medical Equipment In Direct Patient Care
  • Use Medical Terminology
  • Weigh Patients
Schools and Training Providers for Occupational Therapist Assistants No programs of training are associated with this occupation.
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Occupational Therapist Assistants No Career Pathway links were found for this occupation.
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Occupational Therapist Assistants matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Physical Therapist Assistants 84%
Occupational Therapist Aides 62%
Physical Therapist Aides 57%
Occupational Therapists 44%
Therapists, All Other 43%
Recreational Therapists 38%
Physical Therapists 36%