Introduction

Occupational therapists help people who are ill, injured, or disabled to live a better life, overcome barriers and carry out daily activities independently. According to the website, Seek, the annual salary for occupational therapists in Australia were mostly advertised between AU$75,000 and AU$90,000. Moreover, there are over 8,000 jobs available related to Occupational Therapy, which indicates a good chance of employment after graduation.

Why study Occupational Therapy in Australia?

  1. Job Growth 

The healthcare and social assistance industry is regarded as one of the largest and most important industries in Australia. According to Job Outlook, there were 22,700 occupational therapists in 2020 and this number is likely to reach 26,600 by 2025, an increase of 17% over 5 years.  

  1. Career Satisfaction 

According to Seek website’s survey, the job satisfaction of occupational therapists was rated 4.4 out of 5.0 (a score above 4 is regarded as a job with high rate of satisfaction).  

  1. High Salary Rate 

According to Job Outlook, full-time occupational therapists earn approximately AU$1,569 per week, or AU$81,500 per year.  

  1. Post-Study Work Visa

After completing Occupational Therapy studies, students will be eligible for a 2-4-year Post-study Work Visa. Graduates can utilise these visa opportunities to get more work experience. This will allow students to prepare for their future migration options. 

Career outcomes after graduation

You can become an Occupational Therapist in a range of health settings including: 

  • Public/private hospitals 
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation services 
  • Mental health services
  • Aged care facilities 
  • Public/Private Schools 
  • Government/Non-government departments

Course Options

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – 4 years 
  • Master of Occupational Therapy – 2-3 years 

Entry Requirements

  • For the Bachelor’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or equivalent and attained IELTS 7.0 
  • For the Master’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree and attained IELTS 7.0  

Prerequisite

Prerequisite units such as Anatomy, Physiology, and Social Sciences might be required for entry into the Master’s course.  

What units might you study for your Occupational Therapy degree in Australia?

  • Anatomy 
  • Physiology 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology 
  • Human Development
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Health Research 

Placement

1,000 hours of practical placement in hospitals, schools or healthcare organisations is included in the Occupational Therapy program in Australia. This means you will get real-world work experience as part of your course. 

Professional Accreditation

For most universities in Australia, their occupational therapy degrees are accredited by the OTC (Occupational Therapy Council). Students will be eligible to register as an occupational therapist if they successfully complete their studies at an accredited school and meet the English requirements required by the OTC.

Expected salary as an Occupational Therapist in Australia

The medium base annual salary for an occupational therapist is AU$82,422.  

(Statistics from Indeed.com)

School Recommendations

Bachelor’s Level 

  • University of Queensland 
  • Griffith University 
  • James Cook University  
  • Australian Catholic University 
  • Monash University 
  • Deakin University  
  • Curtin University 
  • University of Adelaide 

Master’s Level 

  • University of Queensland 
  • Bond University 
  • Monash University 
  • La Trobe University 
  • Flinders University  
  • University of South Australia 
  • University of Canberra  
  • Curtin University  

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