Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation is about helping ill, injured or disabled people to perform activities of everyday living and working.

Training as an occupational therapist involves learning how to help patients to improve their motor skills and cognitive abilities.

This includes teaching patients to compensate for any permanent losses of function caused by their illness, injury or disability.

This area is also about assessing people's rehabilitation needs and helping them reach their potential.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Private-practice occupational therapist
  • Hospital occupational therapist
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Rehabilitation advisor
  • Rehabilitation case manager
  • Injury prevention consultant
  • Disability support advisor
  • Researcher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


127% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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