Job Satisfaction in Occupational Therapists

Uvana Sewpersadh, Thanalutchmy Lingah, Pragashnie Govender


Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify whether occupational therapists in the Durban metropolitan area were satisfied with their jobs and to identify dimensions that influence levels of job satisfaction. Methods: A quantitative descriptive study was undertaken using a survey. Data was collected using a validated measure, the Job Satisfaction Survey, which measures nine dimensions of job satisfaction. Questionnaires were distributed to occupational therapists (N=95) selected via purposive sampling, with a final response rate of 51.5% (n=49). Results and Conclusions: The total job satisfaction levels fell within an ambivalent (unsure) range. Occupational therapists were most satisfied with their nature of work followed by the operating procedures and their co-workers. No significant correlations were found between demographic variables and job satisfaction. Occupational therapists experienced the lowest levels of satisfaction in the areas of salary and promotional opportunities. The results of this study may provide insight to managers of occupational therapy services to assist with staff recruitment and retention. 

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