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Occupational Therapist

A tough but rewarding career.

What's it like to be an Occupational Therapist?

Tasks and duties

  • Assessing injured workers to determine the best way to help them get back to work
  • Visiting workplaces to gain an understanding on what challenges an injured worker may face when trying to get back to work
  • Reviewing high risk manual tasks at workplaces to determine how they can be performed more safely
  • Providing clinical opinions and justification through comprehensive report writing
  • Running workshops on health and wellbeing topics
  • Consult with insurers, medical practitioners and employers
  • Conducting Pre-Employment Assessments to help ensure workers are fit for work

What can I earn as an Occupational Therapist?

The most common salary  for an Occupational Therapist is between $65k and $75k
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Duration 4 yrs - 8 yrs
6 institutions offering this qualification
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Duration 18 wks - 2 yrs
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How do Occupational Therapists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 31 Occupational Therapists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Dec 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
inpatient rehab
The good things
It’s a role that allows you to help goal set with patient who are having difficult with daily living activities. Then working creatively to find ways for the person to participate in those activities....
The challenges
Time limitations is a huge difficulty whether it’s due to shortage of staff or high number of patients to see. Patients can at time be challenging to work with if they don’t see your perspective/role...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Occupational therapist
The good things
There's a lot of scope to practice, for instance, paediatrics, in the acute sector, aged care, occupational rehabilitation, in private practice, in the community.
The challenges
Being in the health professional it's important to have good self care skills especially if you work in a more stressful area such as mental health
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Hand therapy
The good things
Hand therapy combines the beauty of science and art, and it’s not just about treating the hand. As a hand therapist, you deal with various upper limb conditions involving the hand, wrist and elbow, an...
The challenges
In private hand therapy, we tend to receive referrals from GP and patients themselves regarding undiagnosed wrist pain or unspecified diagnoses. We are therefore challenged in our clinical reasoning t...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bsc (occupational therapy)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Rural health
The good things
I get to work with a great variety of people from students to university staff to allied health staff. I have the opportunity to apply creative and nanlytocal thinking to developing clinical placement...
The challenges
A challenge of the job is supporting staff to host students and ensure students have a very good experience. Another challenge is in supporting students coming from the city to adjust to the rural set...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Neurological rehabilitation
The good things
The best thing about OT is the variety. I have worked with children in schools, had a rehab role with returning to people to work after I juries and now community rehab seeing people at home. In the l...
The challenges
You are always working with people at a vulnerable period of their life. After injury or disease has stolen their ability to function. I always think OT is a blending of anatomy, physiology and psycho...
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mental Health
The good things
Challenging but rewarding work
The challenges
Bureaucratic organisations
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Occupational Therapy
The good things
Ability to make a positive influence in your clients life and their capacity to achieve their goals. Wonderful diversity in work with ability to change within the profession from paeds to aged care, v...
The challenges
We are very busy and need to have good time management skills, also good communication skills to work as part of a team and document assessment / intervention outcomes.
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Post Graduate Diploma Ergonomics
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Soft tissue treatment
The good things
Occupational Therapy is a wonderful career with a wide variety of options for employment and specialization from corporate work, hospital work, community roles, rehabilitation, children, aged care, le...
The challenges
It can be difficult to answer the question "What is occupational therapy?" because what one does depends upon where and what role the occupational therapist has chosen to undertake. This challenge is ...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Health Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Rehabilitation
The good things
It's very diverse Lots of different clinical and non clinical areas to work in Working in a team means lots of support to develop skills
The challenges
Can be emotionally challenging
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
geriatric
The good things
I like the autonomy of the role. As a health professional I need to use my clinical judgement in decision making. I can see the benefit to my clients in increasing their independence and the satisfact...
The challenges
The challenge is accepting that my recommendations are just that. Not all clients will follow my recommendations and this can be a frustrating aspect of my role.
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What are the job opportunities for Occupational Therapists?

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Job opportunities

Occupational Therapist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
14.6%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Occupational Therapists
Latest Occupational Therapist jobs on SEEK
Kareena Private Hospital Ramsay Health
Sydney > Southern Suburbs & Sutherland Shire
A full time roles is available for an experienced Occupational Therapist to join the Rehabilitation Unit of Kareena Private Hospital.
Calvary John James Hospital
ACT
Occupational Therapist required who is able to deliver excellent care required for 6 month fixed term part-time contract.
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Northern Sydney Local Health District
Sydney > Ryde & Macquarie Park
Employment Type: Permanent Full TimePosition Classification: Occupational Therapist Level 1/2Remuneration: $1201.68 - $1741.00Hours Per...
Healthe Care Australia Pty Ltd
Mackay & Coalfields
]Mackay Rehabilitation Hospital is looking for an enthusiastic Occupational therapist to become part of the dynamic multi-disciplinary team.
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