An occupational therapy assistant is a skilled, licensed certified health care worker who carries out treatment plans under the guidance and supervision of an occupational therapist. OTAs assist OTs in assessing patient needs, determining therapeutic goals, planning and implementing treatment activities, communicating with patients and health care providers and documenting patient progress. Occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical, cognitive, developmental, social, or emotional problems, need specialized assistance in order to lead an independent, productive, and satisfying life. They may work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, school systems, psychiatric hospitals and private practice outpatient clinics. If you are driven by a desire to help people live more satisfying and productive lives, then this is the career for you! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for occupational therapist assistants and aids will grow 43 percent nationally through 2020.