Occupational Therapy is defined as a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation, with the primary goal being to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.
In addition to being a truly rewarding profession, it can pay well too. Here are some more details about pay scales, and levels of education needed:
1. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA):
- a. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Salary Details:
COTA Median Salary: $38,430
COTA Salary Range: $36,090-$41,819 annually (per Salary.com)
- b. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Training/Education:
Most occupational therapy assistant positions require an associate’s degree or certification from an accredited technical or community college. In addition, occupational therapy assistants must pass a national certification examination to receive the title of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
2. Occupational Therapists (OT):
- a. Occupational Therapist (OT) Salary Details:
OT Median Salary: $60,470
OT Salary Range: $50,450 to $73,710 annually
- b. Occupational Therapist (OT) Training/Education:
A master’s degree is the minimum standard for becoming a practicing occupational therapist, and admission to occupational therapy programs is competitive. To get into the occupational therapy school of your choice, you must focus on earning a high overall grade point average in your undergraduate work (above a 3.3 GPA) and volunteer or work as an occupational therapy aide. In addition, you will have to complete 6 months of fieldwork prior to earning your degree.
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