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Career and Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Assistants in Minnesota

Minnesota has a population of 5,266,214, which has grown by 7.05% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "North Star State," its capital is Saint Paul, though its largest city is Minneapolis.

There are currently 410 working occupational therapy assistants in Minnesota; this should grow 22% to 500 working occupational therapy assistants in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for occupational therapy assistants are expected to grow by about 29.8%. Occupational therapy assistants generally assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures.

Occupational therapy assistants earn about $18 per hour or $39,300 per year on average in Minnesota and about $23 per hour or $48,230 per year on average nationally. Occupational therapy assistants earn more than people working in the category of Occupational Therapy generally in Minnesota and more than people in the Occupational Therapy category nationally. Occupational therapy assistants work in a variety of jobs, including: certified occupational therapy assistant , certified occupational therapy assistant-licensed , and health service worker.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,567,295 jobs in Minnesota. The average annual income was $42,953 in 2008, up from $41,693 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Minnesota was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Roughly 27.4% of Minnesota residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Minnesota include medical, dental, and hospital equipment merchant wholesalers, general-line grocery merchant wholesalers, and real estate credit. Notable tourist destinations include the Holy Land Exhibit, the Bill & Bonnie Daniels Firefighters Hall & Museum, and the American Wings Air Museum.

CITIES WITH Occupational Therapy Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Minnesota


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: Minnesota

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Minnesota has a population of 5,266,214, which has grown by 7.05% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "North Star State," its capital is Saint Paul, though its largest city is Minneapolis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,567,295 jobs in Minnesota. The average annual income was $42,953 in 2008, up from $41,693 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Minnesota was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Roughly 27.4% of Minnesota residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Minnesota include medical, dental, and hospital equipment merchant wholesalers, general-line grocery merchant wholesalers, and real estate credit. Notable tourist destinations include the Hennepin History Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Fridley Historical Society Museum.