Occupational Therapist


Occupational therapists help adults and children of all ages to overcome physical, mental and/or social problems that are the result of disability, injury or illness.

However, common responsibilities of the job include:

  • Undertaking patient assessments of physical, communication, interaction and cognitive skills.
  • Planning and providing appropriate treatment/graded activities
  • Giving advice and arranging support for family members, carers and clients.
  • Undertaking general administrative tasks, for example writing reports, making telephone calls, maintaining records and case notes.
  • Liaising with doctors, family members/carers and other professionals and keeping them updated.
  • Planning further treatment and reviewing progress.
  • Assessing treatment success at multi-professional case conferences/meetings.

How To Qualify

Degree: Occupational Therapy or BSc (Occupational Therapy)


Where to study
  1. University of Kwazulu Natal
  2. University of Limpopo
  3. University of Cape Town
  4. University of Free State
  5. University of Witwatersrand
  6. University of Pretoria


Potential Employers
– General hospitals.
– Psychiatric hospitals.
– Special schools for physically disabled children.
– Special schools for children with behavioral and learning problems.
– Homes for the aged.
– Training centers for the mentally handicapped.
– Non-governmental organizations.
– Universities.
– Specialized units such as workmen’s rehabilitation units.
– Welfare organizations.
– Self-employment, in own private practice.