Employment trends for occupational therapists

An analysis of employment advertisements in the Sydney Morning Herald 1984–90

John A. Franklin*, Diane Gibson, Jan Merkel‐Stoll, Marcelene Neufelt, Helen Vergara‐Yiu, Kit Eu

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Despite rapid growth in the number of occupational therapy graduates in Australia, almost no data are available concerning the demand and the expectations of employers. This study surveyed 6298 advertised positions available to occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists and counsellors in the state of New South Wales during the years 1984–90. Over this period the demand for occupational therapists grew by 53%, which exceeded the growth in demand for social workers and psychologists, but was less than that for community and mental health workers and counsellors. The employment base was found to be reasonably broad and 8% of jobs were in the private sector. The number of duties required of occupational therapists increased over time, and there was an increase in the demand for programme promotion, administration and supervision skills. The results are discussed in terms of the employment base and defining strengths of the profession, recommendations for strengthening the profession, and implications for the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists. 1995 Occupational Therapy Australia Limited

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • employment
  • occupational therapy
  • qualifications.

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