Occupational therapy is the practice of helping patients who have been disabled by accidents, illnesses, age-related or congenital conditions learn to function independently. Occupational therapists require assistance in planning treatment, carrying out tests, maintaining records, and monitoring patient progress.
Key Traits: Excellent personal communication skills, patience, teamwork, moderate physical strength.
Education Required: Certificate/diploma or associate’s degree plus national certification and licensure (licensure requirements vary by state).
Where Occupational Therapy Assisting Is Needed: Hospitals, clinics, private therapy practices.
Projected Growth Through 2018**:
7,900 new jobs, or 30% growth rate nation-widei