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Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.


Career Options

  • Job options directly related to occupational therapists include: • Art therapist • Dance movement psychotherapist • Ergonomist • Health promotion specialist • High intensity therapist • Occupational therapist • Sports therapist

Educational Qualifications

  • Class 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.

Personal Skills

  • • Communication skills. Occupational therapists must be able to listen attentively to what patients tell them and must be able to explain what they want their patients to do. • Compassion. Occupational therapists are usually drawn to the profession by a desire to help people and improve their daily lives. Therapists must be sensitive to a patients’ needs and concerns
  • especially when assisting the patient with his or her personal activities. • Flexibility. Occupational therapists must be flexible when treating patients. Because not every type of therapy will work for each patient
  • therapists may need to be creative when determining the treatment plans and adaptive devices that best suit each patient’s needs. • Interpersonal skills. Because occupational therapists spend their time teaching and explaining therapies to patients
  • they should be able to earn the trust and respect of those patients and their families. • Patience. Dealing with injuries
  • illnesses
  • and disabilities is frustrating for many people. Occupational therapists should be patient in order to provide quality care to the people they serve. • Writing skills. When communicating in writing with other members of the patient’s medical team
  • occupational therapists must be able to explain clearly the treatment plan for the patient and any progress made by the patient.

Courses to be pursued

  • • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT) • Master’s in Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Top Colleges

  • National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped (Under Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India) Address: B.T. Road, Bon-Hoogly, Calcutta - 700 090, India Phone: 033 2531 0279 http://www.niohkol.nic.in/
  • All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Address: Haji Ali, K. Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India - 400034 Telephone: 91-22-24964331 / 32 / 40 / 41 http://aiipmr.gov.in/

Working Conditions

Therapists may spend a lot of time on their feet while working with patients. They also may be required to lift and move patients or heavy equipment. Many work in multiple facilities and have to travel from one job to another.

Top Companies

  • Christian Medical College & Hospital Address: IDA Scudder Rd, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632004 Phone: 0416 228 2500 http://www.cmch-vellore.edu/
  • Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital Address: Rao Saheb Achutrao, Patwardhan Marg, Four Bunglows, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053 Phone: 022 3099 9999 http://www.kokilabenhospital.com/

Successful Persons

Anne G. Fisher

She is an internationally recognized expert in theory, functional assessment, and instrument development who pioneered the use of Rasch analysis in occupational therapy. She developed the Occupational Therapy Intervention Process Model, a professional reasoning model that enables occupational therapists to implement occupation – based, occupation – focused, and client – centered services to clients.

Lucy Jane Miller

Lucy Jane Miller is a prolific author and researcher in pediatric occupational therapy and founded the first comprehensive sensory processing disorder research program.

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