The number of people working as Occupational Therapists (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 17,500 in 2018 to 20,000 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,400 a year).
- Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Occupational Therapists work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,569 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: More than half work full-time (58%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 92% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
Employers in regional areas found it hard to fill vacancies for Occupational Therapists in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Occupational Therapists.