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What do occupational therapists do?

Occupational therapists play a varied role as they are able to help people participate in everyday parts of life such as showering or dressing, working or learning, or being part of a community. They also identify methods that provide an individual with more autonomy and agency to participate in these activities, such as modifying the activity or the environment around the person.

They offer support and education not just to the individual, but also to the individual’s support system such as family members, teachers, or caregivers.


Occupational therapist's career outlook at a glance

Median age is: 34 years old

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Employment level trends & growth - over five years

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Where do OTs work?

OTs work in a wide range of public and private settings. These include aged care facilities, a person’s home, private clinics or public health settings. They also work in education and can be found in government roles.

What are some specialisations?

There are many areas of practice in which an OT may choose to work in. Just a few examples of these include:

  • Autism
  • Disability
  • Driving
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational rehabilitation
  • Private practice
  • Working with older people


What education do you need?

To work as an occupational therapist, a tertiary degree is required. Undergraduate qualifications such as the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy typically takes four years to complete. It is also possible to complete a Masters program if you already have a relevant prior degree. OTs must be registered with AHPRA.

How much do OTs earn?

According to Seek, the most common salary in Australia for an occupational therapist is $70k.



Australian Bureau of Statistics 
*Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) 2nd Edition, ABS Catalogue No. 1220.0, p131.
**Australian Jobs Matrix, 2018 Australian Government Job Outlook