Pay for occupational therapists employed by district health boards (DHBs) varies depending on experience.
Occupational therapists working in private practice usually earn between $45,000 and $110,000 per year.
Source : Auckland District Health Boards / PSA, Allied, Public Health and Technical : Multi Employer Collective Agreement (MECA)', 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Occupational therapists may do some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Occupational therapists need to have :
Occupational therapists :
Becoming an occupational therapist
To become an occupational therapist you need to complete one of the following :
Becoming a hearing therapist
There are no specific requirements for becoming a hearing therapist. However, a National Diploma in Hearing Therapy may be useful.
Relevant health or social services qualifications and experience such as occupational therapy and teaching may may help with being selected for the diploma, or on-
the-job training through an audiologist employer.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, health and physical education.
Occupational therapists need to be :
Useful experience for occupational therapists includes :
Occupational therapists need to be reasonably fit and healthy as they may have to help lift patients.
Occupational therapists need to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board.