Question about Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) career? Please help…?

I've been a medical assistant for about 10 years and am considering OTA as a career.

I'm wondering if it is a wise career choice for someone like me because I have a family to take care of and I'm in my early 30s.

I'm also concerned about salary and job outlook. Yes I've looked at the BLS

I've been a medical assistant for about 10 years and am considering OTA as a career.

I'm wondering if it is a wise career choice for someone like me because I have a family to take care of and I'm in my early 30s.

I'm also concerned about salary and job outlook. Yes I've looked at the BLS stats but I prefer hearing it from actual people. I make $23 an hour in NYC as an MA, would I be making more than that as an OTA?

And how is the job outlook? I love the work involved with OTA and wouldn't mind retiring as one, but I don't want to get my license if the profession will be phased out in 10 or 20 years

On a related note, I thought about other health professions and I'm not interested. Speech and OT will take me too long and are very competitive, those are masters degrees. I have 63 college credits and can finish OTA in less than 2 years.

Nursing is also very competitive and I'm not too crazy about the responsibilities involved (i.e. medication, etc), I work with RNs all day and see what they go through. Too intense for my taste.

Other answer:

Sexy:
Im not an OTA but I know someone who used to be. The average salary is about 26 dollars an hour. It doesnt seem that OTA jobs will be phasing out because these kinds of jobs are actually becoming more popular.
Invictus:
There will always be a need for OTAs since injuries cannot be completely eradicated. As for the time, it all boils down to how you manage it.

More info about OTA > http://bitly.com/Y6yv3a

jannsody:
It seems as though a lot of jobs for OTA may be found at nursing homes or long-term care facilities. Before taking pre-req courses for OTA (or any field), please do some "job shadowing" of COTAs (certified occupational therapy assistant) in the various OT clinic settings (with prior staff approval).

With regard to nursing, if you're *not* too wild about the responsibilities of a nurse, then please do forgo majoring in that course of study. Nursing (and social work/counseling) is supposed to have a high burn-out rate.

The kinds of settings to consider job shadowing include a *physical rehabilitation hospital* that treats patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), spinal cord injury/paralysis, stroke ("brain attack") – which is a type of brain injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), other neurological disorders, hip/shoulder/knee replacement, amputated limbs or such – *pediatric hospital or clinic* – *nursing home or long-term care facility* or such.

OTAs are supposed to be adept in "the sciences" (e.g., biology, "general" anatomy & physiology, and applied kinesiology – the study of human movement).

If after doing the observing in OT and continuing with one's research and due diligence, one still wants to pursue the field, please make sure that the program is AOTA-accredited.

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