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Occupational Therapist

Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau

Occupational therapists assess and treat people who, because of illness, injury or circumstance, are limited in their ability to undertake the activities of everyday life.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733


Occupational therapists usually earn
per year
Source: District Health Boards/PSA Collective Agreement.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of finding work as an occupational therapist are good for experienced staff, but more difficult for new graduates.

How to get into this job

Usually required

Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy

Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Useful school subjects




Mary Gibson stands next to a client who is gaining work experience in a factory

Occupational therapists advise and support clients to help them perform their daily activities and occupations

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Updated 24 Oct 2014