Occupational Therapy Assistant: A Job Helping People


Occupational therapy, a field that many people have never heard of, is finally getting its time in the spotlight. Specifically, occupational therapy assisting is making headlines for being a meaningful career. The U.S. News and World Report released their 100 Best Jobs of 2016 and both occupational therapy assisting and occupational therapists made the list!

But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to being ranked on U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider also listed occupational therapists as the 11th most meaningful job in America. Why? Because at its core, occupational therapy is a job that helps people. We talked with St. Catherine University faculty members and OTA graduates about a time when they knew that they’d made an impact on a client’s life – their responses are breath taking.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Inspiration, Talking with an OT

Benefits of Being an Occupational Therapist: Feeling Joy in My Career


Sometimes, the dream career isn’t what you expected it to be. It could be because you aren’t happy in a setting, or you are having difficulty with the work environment. But that doesn’t mean you made the wrong career choice completely.

Nikki, our OT guest blogger, shares how changing jobs made her realize she made the right call in pursuing a career in the occupational therapy field, and how she feels validated in her decision. To her, the benefits of being an occupational therapist are all about growth and opportunity, low-stress, and great work-life balance.

Categories: Talking with an OT

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Occupational Therapy


Working in the occupational therapy field can be one of the most rewarding careers out there. You are constantly helping your patients improve their lives. However, like any other career, there is always some less-glamorous details that you should be aware of. Today our guest blogger shares the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of working in occupational therapy.

In any profession, there will be aspects you like, aspects you don’t like, and aspects you sometimes wish you did not have to do: the good, the bad, and the ugly. While I am extremely satisfied with my OT career, occupational therapy is no exception.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Field, OTA Inspiration, Talking with an OT

10 Things You Might Not Know about Working in the Healthcare Field


A desire for working in the healthcare field is extremely admirable. However, this line of work is not for everyone.

Before you jump into the healthcare industry, do your research so you can make an informed decision. Here are 10 things you might not know about working in the healthcare field.

Categories: Alternative Nursing Jobs, Healthcare Career Options, OTA Field, Talking with an OT

Should I Go into Occupational Therapy? What You Should Know About the Field


When researching healthcare careers, it’s important to fully research each field you may be considering. Ask yourself, “will I be able to find a job with this degree?” “Should I go into occupational therapy?” Our guest blogger shares what you should know about the OT field and what an occupational therapy assistants’ role is.

“You’re an occupational therapist; does that mean you are going to help me find a job?” ”I don’t need a job, I’m retired.” These are just of few of the common misconceptions of my profession as an occupational therapist. True, we can help you find a job or return to work, but that doesn’t describe the whole profession.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Field, Talking with an OT

OT in Schools is on the Rise


It’s no secret that the occupational therapy field is growing and OTs and occupational therapy assistants are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth of OTAs is expected to go up 41 percent, much higher than the average 11 percent for all other positions.

But where are all of these jobs? It turns out, OT in schools is growing.

The New York Times recently reported a sharp increase in the amount of students who are receiving occupational therapy in the past couple of years. In three years, Chicago has seen an increase of 20 percent, and Los Angeles has seen a 30 percent growth in just five years, up to 9,000 students.

Categories: Occupational Therapy Assistant School, OTA Field, OTA Online Program, Talking with an OT

What Does it Mean to Be an Occupational Therapist: Part III of Talking with an OT


When you are trying to decide whether you want to pursue a career as an occupational therapy assistant, you will find that the best way to research this career path is by hearing first-hand from someone in this field. If you are lucky enough to know an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, invite him or her out for coffee and ask about his or her career.

Some rehabilitation facilities and clinics allow students to shadow professionals for a day. Consider calling the facility and set up a time to shadow someone. If you aren’t able to take time off to job shadow, ask if there is an occupational therapist or someone on staff who would be willing to meet with you to talk about the OT field. Meeting with someone will offer you the chance to see the ins and outs of a clinic or rehab facility.

What does it mean to be an occupational therapist? Take a look at part III of Talking with an OT to learn what they think of life working in occupational therapy. Be sure to read part I (Why Become an Occupational Therapist) and part II (What Does an Occupational Therapist Do).

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Talking with an OT

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do: Part II of Talking with an OT


There are a lot of questions you may have about working in the occupational therapy field. Where will I be working? What will my days look like? What will the patients be like? Is it stressful? What does an occupational therapist do? Speaking with a professional in the occupational therapy field can tell you a lot about what you can expect in your own OTA career and provide some comfort before enrolling in St. Catherine’s OTA Online Program. Here is part II of Talking with an OT.

If you missed part I of of Talking with an OT, you can catch up with Why Become an Occupational Therapist.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Talking with an OT

Why Become an Occupational Therapist: Part I of Talking with an OT


One of the most beneficial things you can do before enrolling in an online OTA program is to hear firsthand from those who already work in the occupational therapy field. You can gain some valuable insight into the field and learn more about what to expect from a career in occupational therapy and learn why become an occupational therapist. We interviewed Marlene and Nikki, two occupational therapists who shared some of their best memories, some advice, and true stories of life working in OT. Here is part I of Talking with an OT.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, Talking with an OT

Occupational Therapy Specialties: Stroke Rehabilitation


Working in the occupational therapy field offers many opportunities to follow your dreams. The field allows for plenty of movement and specialization in certain areas. Whether you are considering enrolling in occupational therapy assistant training programs or if you are simply researching the occupational therapy field before deciding on a career, it’s important to research the occupational therapy specialties available to you.

Today, our OT guest blogger shares how she chose to specialize in treating patients who have suffered from strokes.

During my fieldwork rotations as an occupational therapy student, I had the opportunity to see and treat different populations of people in a variety of practice settings. I enjoyed each practice setting; however, my favorite was my neuro experience at an inpatient rehabilitation facility. It was then that I discovered my passion for stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. When looking for an OT job, I sought a position that would give me the opportunity to serve the neuro population.

Categories: Become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, OTA Field, OTA Online Program, Talking with an OT

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