Career, Scope and Opportunities in Occupation Therapist

By | October 14, 2020
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Occupation Therapist

Occupational therapy is useful treatment for the patients with physical or mental disabilities. It will help patients to become independent; this is a patient specific treatment which may involve recreational, creative and educational activities. They treat patients to identify imbalances in their lives and suggest various activities to deal with them.

occupation therapist

Key to Success

To be successful as psychologist you should have/ develop:

  •   A genuine interest in people, their behavior
  •   Patience
  •   Ability to work with all kinds of social/cultural and age groups
  •   Empathy for their problems
  •   Ability to understand people of very different backgrounds and upbringing.

Scope and opportunities

As an as occupational therapist there are enormous career options available in psychiatric institutions,  hospitals, private clinics, residential care facilities, rehabilitation centers, community mental health centers and psychiatric institutions and also in special Schools. NGOs are also a good option for these professionals. Occupational Therapists have ample opportunities for self-employment.

Lifestyle & Social Status

  • Well paid
  • Indoor
  • No long working hours

Job Profile

  • Planning, and conducting programs like and participation in educational, recreational, practice in functional, prevocational, vocational, and homemaking skills, or regain physical or mental functioning or adjust to handicaps
  • Occupational therapist Co-ordinate with rehabilitation team members to choose activity program, needs, & capabilities of individual
  • Selects team building and constructive activities suited to individual’s physical strength, IQ level, and choice to upgrade individual to possible independence, prepare individual for return to employment, assist in restoration of functions
  • Using special equipment for individual and suggests adaptation of individual’s work-living environment
  • Requisitions supplies and equipment

 Skill Sets

  • Good communication skills
  • Listening patiently
  • Asking pertinent questions
  • Drawing out responses with tact

Work Value

  • Relationships
  • Independence
  • Achievement

Current Job Scenario

As a fresher Occupational therapist you can get a monthly salary of Rs, 8,000 – 10,000, however in private sector one can get a quite higher salary of Rs. Rs 15,000 to 25,000 per month depending upon skill and experiences. If you are working independently, you can earn between Rs.20, 000 to Rs. 1 lac per month.

Top Recruiters

  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Welfare Organizations
  • Child/ Youth Guidance Centers

Course Synopsis 

Course Options Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (BOT)
Academic Eligibility 10+2 with PCB
Fees Rs. 10K to Rs. 15K per annum
Expenditure in Metro and Tier-1 Rs. 2lakhs to Rs. 2.5lakhs per annum
Expenditure in Tier-2 Rs. 1.75lakhs to Rs. 2lakhs
Duration  4 Years (6 Months Internship)
Mode Regular
Approved UGC
Affiliation Respective University
Entrance Exam NA
Education Loan  

Career prospect

  1. Hospital/clinic
  2. Charity or voluentry organization
  3. Prison
  4. Companies & business
  5. Social service departments
  6. Special schools
  7. Private practise

Entrance Exam

  1. NEET – National Level Exam

Some of the Institute / University level Exams:

  • K.M.C.H. College of Occupational Therapy Entrance Exam
  • CMC Vellore Entrance Exam
  • Manipal University Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Entrance Exam
  • SVNIRTAR NIOH Common Entrance Test
  • All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIIPMR) Entrance Exam

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