Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Atlanta:
"The benefits, salary caps."

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in San Diego:
"Advancements limited as a COTA."
Learn as much as possible. Don't limit yourself to one area of care. Unfortunately there will be a time that you know more than the OTR and may even be training a new OT grad and you won't get paid as much or get the respect you deserve. Some OT's maybe threatened by COTA and go as far as taking credit for COTA's work. Educate and promote role of COTA, many don't know all that COTA's are licensed to do.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Hollidaysburg:
"No raises given ever."
Don't go into this field.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Quakertown:
"That there would be no raises."

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Houston:
"My job."
Pros: I love working with children!.
Cons: I'm tired of all the driving !..

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Bellport:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I enjoy working with patients and seeing their progress from dependent to independent. The staff that I work with all have a great sense of humor which is important to have when working long hours as well as making therapy fun for the patients.
Cons: There are large gaps in pay scales with COTAs depending on the year you were hired. Some COTAs make over $30-35 and I make $24.48 an hour. I don't like how only one therapist from each discipline can take off even if it's a holiday. My job also is $100% productive so paperwork is on your own time.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Flint:
"Love my job."
Make sure you aim high and work your way doen.