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Occupational therapy

Careers in occupational therapy

As an occupational therapist (OT) you help people of all ages who have physical, mental health or social problems to adapt to any aspect of their life with more independence, confidence and control.

You assess your client's ability to perform activities and design and evaluate treatment programs to increase their capability to tackle difficulties.

It is a small occupation with good employment prospects. Employment opportunities are influenced mainly by the level of government funding and government policy on the care of people with disabilities. Australia's ageing population may lead to a higher demand for OT professionals in the future.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in occupational therapy:

  • Initiative
  • Empathy and a strong client focus
  • Innovation and problem solving
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with other health professionals when required
  • A commitment to evidence-based practice

Related roles include:

  • Speech and language therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social worker
  • Exercise scientist
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for occupational therapists at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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