Occupational Therapy Assistants

Military Career

General Information


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.

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Work Environment

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Offices of Other Health Practitioners
  • Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Occupational Therapy Assistants in the Military


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Average Salary


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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 81%
  • Master's degree 10%
  • Bachelor's degree 8%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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.

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  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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