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Career and Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Assistants in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has a population of 6,593,587, which has grown by 3.85% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Bay State," Massachusetts's capital and largest city is Boston.

There are currently 1,020 jobs for occupational therapy assistants in Massachusetts and this is projected to grow 17% to about 1,190 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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 $22 hourly or $46,880 per year on average in Massachusetts and about $23 per hour or $48,230 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Occupational Therapy, people working as occupational therapy assistants in Massachusetts earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Occupational Therapy nationally. People working as occupational therapy assistants can fill a number of jobs, such as: rehabilitation assistant, licensed occupational therapy assistant, and independent living specialist.

In 2008, there were a total of 4,251,139 jobs in Massachusetts. The average annual income was $50,897 in 2008, up from $49,644 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Approximately 33.2% of Massachusetts residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Massachusetts include wholesale electronic markets and brokers, portfolio management, and navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Cat Fund, the Boston Fire Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

CITIES WITH Occupational Therapy Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Massachusetts


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: Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has a population of 6,593,587, which has grown by 3.85% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Bay State," Massachusetts's capital and largest city is Boston. In 2008, there were a total of 4,251,139 jobs in Massachusetts. The average annual income was $50,897 in 2008, up from $49,644 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. About 33.2% of Massachusetts residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Massachusetts include wholesale electronic markets and brokers, portfolio management, and navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Boston Sparks Association, the Gibson House Museum, and the Boston Fire Museum.