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Career and Education Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Assistants in Oregon

Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its biggest city is Portland.

Currently, 140 people work as occupational therapy assistants in Oregon. This is expected to grow by 29% to about 190 people 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.

Income for occupational therapy assistants is about $22 per hour or $47,420 per year on average in Oregon. Nationally, their income is about $23 per hour or $48,230 annually. Earnings for occupational therapy assistants are the same as earnings in the general category of Occupational Therapy in Oregon and better than general Occupational Therapy category earnings nationally. Occupational therapy assistants work in a variety of jobs, including: behavior specialist, health service worker, and rehabilitation assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the KIDD Toy Museum, the 3D Center of Art & Photography, and the OMSI Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

CITIES WITH Occupational Therapy Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Oregon


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: Oregon

Oregon
Oregon photo by Kelvin Kay

Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. About 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Children's Museum 2nd Generation, the 3D Center of Art & Photography, and the Northwest Film Center.