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Occupational Therapist

Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau

Occupational therapists assess and treat people who have limited ability to carry out everyday activities because of illness, injury or circumstance. 


Occupational therapists with up to six years experience usually earn

$47K-$68K per year

Occupational therapists with more than six years experience usually earn

$68K-$99K per year

Source: Auckland District Health Boards/PSA MECA, 2017.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as an occupational therapist are poor for those wanting to enter the role, but good for those with experience.
A young female occupational therapist sits in a therapy room with an 8-year-old  autistic girl using a magnetic fishing rod to try and pick up fish during play therapy

Occupational therapists help clients gain and regain skills through activities such as play therapy

Last updated 13 August 2017