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Occupational Therapy Assistants

Health Science

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Occupational therapy assistants work in hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers.

  • Military Status


  • Average Military Salary



Occupational therapy assistants support occupational therapists and/or medical officers in administering occupational therapy, a form of therapy for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life. These specialists find new and easy ways for people going through physical, mental, and emotional trauma so that they can overcome the problems and lead a satisfying and happy life. Some of their responsibilities include examining patients, planning treatment, reviewing progress, updating prescribed treatment, examining the patients’ homes, helping children participate in school activities, and helping their patients with doing daily tasks like washing, dressing, cooking, and eating.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Occupational therapy assistants in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice in providing patient healthcare, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Anatomy, physiology, and psychology
  • Handling and positioning of patients
  • Principles of rehabilitation
  • Patient care
  • Working on a medical team

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Interest in working with and helping people
  • Patience to work with people whose injuries heal slowly

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