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Career and Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Assistants in California

California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its largest city is Los Angeles.

There are currently 1,300 working occupational therapy assistants in California; this should grow 39% to 1,800 working occupational therapy assistants in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for occupational therapy assistants, which sees this job pool growing by about 29.8% over the next eight years. In general, occupational therapy assistants assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures.

A person working as an occupational therapy assistant can expect to earn about $27 per hour or $56,910 per year on average in California and about $23 per hour or $48,230 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for occupational therapy assistants are better than in the overall category of Occupational Therapy in California, and better than the overall Occupational Therapy category nationally. Occupational therapy assistants work in a variety of jobs, including: occupational therapy technician, behavior specialist, and occupational therapist assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Approximately 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist attractions include the American Society of Military History & Museum, the Blitzstein Museum of Art, and the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts.

CITIES WITH Occupational Therapy Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN California


JOB DESCRIPTION: Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, occupational therapy assistants assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. They also may, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments.

Every day, occupational therapy assistants are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

LOCATION INFORMATION: California

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California has a population of 36,961,664, which has grown by 9.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Golden State," its capital is Sacramento, though its biggest city is Los Angeles. In 2008, there were a total of 21,063,338 jobs in California. The average annual income was $43,852 in 2008, up from $43,402 in 2007. The unemployment rate in California was 11.4% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Roughly 26.6% of California residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in California include other electronic parts merchant wholesalers, payroll services, and wineries. Notable tourist destinations include the American Society of Military History & Museum, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the Black Maria Art Gallery.