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Essential Job Skills For New OTs and COTAs Chris Byrd

Essential Job Skills For New OTs and COTAs

Chris Byrd

Published May 6th 2013
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Kindle Edition
21 pages
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For years various lists of the best paying jobs in America have included Occupational Therapist and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. As evidence of these growing occupations, the 70 million Baby Boomers are often mentioned. Unfortunately,MoreFor years various lists of the best paying jobs in America have included Occupational Therapist and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. As evidence of these growing occupations, the 70 million Baby Boomers are often mentioned. Unfortunately, what is not mentioned is how the therapy will be paid for. As factories relocate for cheaper labor sources, stranded Americans are encouraged to enter healthcare because “the need is so great”. Every year thousands of new therapists arrive in a healthcare system that is attempting to save money for the millions of Americans who depend on it. Saved money is lost profit for healthcare companies. Lost profit reduces salaries and benefits as well as eliminates jobs.This current state of affairs is problematic for therapists saddled with high student loan debt. They are utterly shocked because Therapy promised the good life. And they are now forced to compete with many more therapists than they had anticipated. The declining wage, again, is not the picture that their college or university presented. More and more, therapists graduate and are not able to get a job as quickly as they are led to believe. They are competing with more experienced therapist for fewer jobs.Today companies are in the driver’s seat. They demand a lot from their therapists, and if a new graduate or an old pro can’t cut it, they have a stack of resumes to choose from. What makes a therapist successful is not how much they know about splinting or NDT, it’s their job skills to be productive, profitable, and a team player. Schools are just beginning to teach these latter skills. The following pages include a no nonsense taste of the reality of working in the therapy world. It will help a new grad compete in a tough labor market.