Career Outlook

If you are interested in the field of occupational therapy, now is the time to get into the profession, especially if you want to become a certified occupational therapy assistant. After all, the COTA career outlook is bright in terms of both demand and pay. Plus, it ranks among the top health care support jobs in the country.  

To become a COTA, you need to have an associate degree. By choosing our Online OTA program, you can earn your degree in 16 months. The program blends online courses with hands-on skills labs and fieldwork experiences to help you get started on your COTA career sooner.

Certified OTA in a therapy session with a pediatric patient

COTA Demand

Nationwide employment for certified occupational therapy assistants is growing at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.

 Employment Growth
United States29%
Arizona44%

Source: CareerOneStop

OTA Salary

Here is a snapshot of the annual salary ranges for occupational therapy assistants in 2018. Take note that several variables influence OTA salary, from state of residence to employer type.

 Average Annual Salary
United States$60,220
Arizona$63,310
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale$63,620

Source: CareerOneStop

Career Advancement

When you are an OTA, the next logical step for advancement in the field is to go back to school to become a registered occupational therapist (OTR). By entering the occupational therapy profession at the OTA level, you will work under the direction of an OT, which will provide insight into this advanced role. If you decide to become an OT, there are accredited programs for OTAs seeking OT degrees.

Contact us to learn more about the COTA career outlook.

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