Career opportunities

A degree in occupational therapy provides a breadth of employment opportunities; working with individuals, small groups, organisations or communities. Occupational therapists work in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, community health, early intervention, social services, schools, government agencies, industrial and commercial organisations, mental health services, homes, and supported housing. After gaining relevant workplace experience further career opportunities exist in education, management and research.

The program is accreditated by OT AUSTRALIA and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Graduates of occupational therapy will be able to:

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate for a competent entry level practitioner:
  • develop strategies to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in everyday occupations that they want and need to do
  • appraise barriers to people's participation and devise strategies to overcome these
  • articulate the unique professional contribution of occupational therapy
  • be client-centred in their approach
  • critically appraise the nature and meaning of occupation, the occupational nature of human beings and the theories and basic principles related to enabling occupation and occupational performance
  • explain biomedical and social sciences concepts underpinning occupational therapy practice
  • be proactive in prevention-oriented and health promotion practice, demonstrating commitment to the health of populations as well as individuals
  • describe different research approaches and be skilled at applying the best available evidence to everyday practice
  • practice ethically, respectfully and collaboratively, and assume leadership, supervisory and management roles as appropriate
  • create personal strategies to maintain high standards in their professional life, contribute to their professional community and engage in lifelong learning
  • recognise the intrinsic value of people irrespective of culture, values, beliefs and socio-economic status.

For more information about Employment and Career development in the Occupational Therapy field, please see

>> OT career info (pdf)