The Basics: Occupational Therapy Assistant

What you'll do: You'll work with patients to follow a rehabilitation plan developed by an occupational therapist. Duties may include teaching injured patients to stretch and strengthen muscles, skill developmentally disabled patients to help them work successfully in society and record patient improvements for the occupational therapist to review.

Where you'll work: Hospitals, occupational therapists' offices and residential care facilities, home health care agencies, family services, government agencies.

Degree you'll need to practice: Associate's degree or 1-year certificate program.