We surveyed 403 occupational therapist assistants to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical occupational therapist assistant. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an occupational therapist assistant?

Low

High

Working as an occupational therapist assistant typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become an occupational therapist assistant?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an occupational therapist assistant typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an occupational therapist assistant?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as an occupational therapist assistant. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for occupational therapist assistants.

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Do occupational therapist assistants work full-time or part-time?

62% of occupational therapist assistants work in full-time roles while 38% work part-time.

Is being an occupational therapist assistant stressful?

Low

High

Occupational therapist assistants tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an occupational therapist assistant?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being an occupational therapist assistant.

How competitive is the workplace for occupational therapist assistants?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for occupational therapist assistants.

Does being an occupational therapist assistant require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for occupational therapist assistants.

Are occupational therapist assistants allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Occupational therapist assistants are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do occupational therapist assistants have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Occupational therapist assistants tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an occupational therapist assistant physically demanding?

Low

High

Being an occupational therapist assistant may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are occupational therapist assistants exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Occupational therapist assistants tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being an occupational therapist assistant require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an occupational therapist assistant.

Does being a good occupational therapist assistant require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as occupational therapist assistants.