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Occupational Report for Occupational Therapy 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 Therapy Assistants
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable, but limited, employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Occupational Therapy Assistants There are 12 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 12 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) 7/29/14 Beaverton
OTA - COTA - PRN 7/28/14 Salem DOE
Occupational Therapist Assistant 7/22/14 Salem
Occupational Therapist Assistant 7/22/14 Eugene
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 6/22/14 Forest Grove
Per Diem Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) in Southern Oregon! 5/20/14 Grants Pass
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 5/7/14 Ashland
Part-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 5/7/14 Sheridan
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 5/7/14 Medford
Full-Time Occupational Therapist Assistant 5/7/14 Hillsboro
Occupational Therapist Assistant 3/6/14 Eugene
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant 1/9/14 Pendleton $19.31/hr to $21.65/hr
Job Openings from the Web for Occupational Therapy 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 75 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant / COTA SN 7/27/14 Grants Pass WellTech Partners
Occupational Therapist Assistant / COTA 7/27/14 Cariant Health Partners
TruStaff 7/27/14 Cottage Grove
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant / COTA Re 7/27/14 Medford WellTech Partners
COTA 7/25/14 Medford Trustaff
COTA 7/25/14 Salem Trustaff
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) 7/25/14 Beaverton Providence Health & Services
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA 7/24/14 Hermiston Supplemental Health Care
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA 7/24/14 Salem Supplemental Health Care
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA 7/24/14 Portland Supplemental Health Care
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA 7/24/14 Grants Pass Supplemental Health Care
Certified Occupational Therapist - COTA 7/23/14 Cottage Grove Supplemental Health Care
Travel COTA for SNF setting Cottage Grove OR 7/23/14 Cottage Grove Prime Healthcare Staffing
COTA - Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant 7/23/14 Cottage Grove Therapeutic Resources
Occupational Therapist Assistant 7/20/14 Coos Bay Career Managment Services
Occupational Therapist Assistant 7/20/14 Eugene Career Managment Services
Occupational Therapist Assistant 7/20/14 Gresham Career Managment Services
Occupational Therapist Assistant 7/18/14 Salem Infinity Rehab
Occupational Therapist Assistant 7/17/14 Eugene Infinity Rehab
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant/COTA 7/15/14 Salem PREFERRED HEALTHCARE REGISTRY
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant - COTA - Skilled Nursing 7/12/14 Cottage Grove Supplemental Health Care
certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/COTA for Coos Bay OR 7/8/14 Coos Bay Career Management Services and Staffing
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant / COTA SNF Setting 7/8/14 Klamath Falls Medical Staffing Source of America
Cert Occupational Therapist Assist/COTA for Mt. Vernon OR 7/8/14 Mount Vernon Career Management Services and Staffing
Cert Occupational Therapist Assit/COTA for Klamath Falls OR 7/8/14 Klamath Falls Career Management Services and Staffing
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Wages for Occupational Therapy Assistants
Region ---------------- 2014 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 $19.52 $23.66 $26.51 $29.42 $34.36 $26.34 $54,786
Multnomah / Washington 19.90 23.05 25.71 28.09 29.95 25.13 52,282
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 18.98 23.79 29.53 33.69 35.94 28.15 58,557
Lane 15.28 17.24 25.31 28.37 30.62 23.46 48,790
Jackson / Josephine 24.28 25.97 28.78 34.20 37.70 30.11 62,634
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Regional Employment Projections for Occupational Therapy Assistants
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 180 233 53 29.4% 5 4 9
Multnomah / Washington 82 119 37 45.1% 4 2 6
Lane 21 29 8 38.1% 1 0 1
Clackamas 19 28 9 47.4% 1 0 1
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 16 17 1 6.2% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 8 12 4 50.0% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 6 9 3 50.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 4 5 1 25.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 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.
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Industries of Employment for Occupational Therapy Assistants
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 180
Total All Industries Private 157
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 15
Administrative and Support Services Private 15
Employment Services Private 15
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 138
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 79
Offices of Other Health Practitioners Private 73
Hospitals Private 45
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 42
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 14
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) Private 12
Total All Industries Local 20
Educational Services Local 16
Elementary and Secondary Schools Local 13
Educational Requirements for Occupational Therapy Assistants The typical entry level education for this occupation is an Associate's degree.
Skills for Occupational Therapy 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 Therapy Assistants The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Occupational Therapy Assistants These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Occupational Therapy 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 Therapy Aides 62%
Physical Therapist Aides 57%
Occupational Therapists 45%
Therapists, All Other 44%
Recreational Therapists 39%
Physical Therapists 37%