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Thinking about being an OTA

  • Hello everyone! 

    I am interested in becoming an OTA especially if there is work in this field with children.  I've completed all the prereq's for nursing school and psychology, medical terminology and pharmacology but have since decided that being and OTA instead of a nurse might be right for me.  Can someone tell me if there are careers working with children and if it is as easy to find a job as an OTA as it is a nursing position?  Anything else about being an OTA would be greatly appreciated.  I had not even thought about it until today after reading an OTA's job description.  It sounds very fulfilling.  Thank you!  Oh, and salary differences if anyone knows.  Im in the DC area.

  • AOTA has a lot of information on people interested in becoming OTs or OTAs, in the Education and Careers section of our Web site at www.aota.org.

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    Karen Smith
    AOTA Practice Associate
     
     

    Hello everyone! 

    I am interested in becoming an OTA especially if there is work in this field with children.  I've completed all the prereq's for nursing school and psychology, medical terminology and pharmacology but have since decided that being and OTA instead of a nurse might be right for me.  Can someone tell me if there are careers working with children and if it is as easy to find a job as an OTA as it is a nursing position?  Anything else about being an OTA would be greatly appreciated.  I had not even thought about it until today after reading an OTA's job description.  It sounds very fulfilling.  Thank you!  Oh, and salary differences if anyone knows.  Im in the DC area.

  • Hi-

    I am a second year OTA student. There are many opportunities to work with children as an OTA. I am also interested in Pediatrics. A few of the most common settings if you wanted to work with children as an OTA is in schools, out-patient facilities and in-patient hospital facilities. The classes that you have taken will definitely benefit you if you want to go to school to be an OTA. I know that OT was one of the top 10 needed jobs in the U.S. recently. It is usually the larger facilities that will be hiring the OTA's, but yes I think it will be fairly easy to find a job. One other thing you could think about is getting a masters in OT. I am going to get a job as an OTA, get some experience as an OTA, and eventually get my masters in OT. I know some facilities may even help pay for that schooling. OT's obviously make more money than OTA's.

    Hope this helps!

  • I too am in school with the goal of becoming a OTA. This is a second career for me and am looking forward to finishing school and starting work. I found that website very informative. Thanks!