Occupational Therapist

[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”SUMMARY” header_color=”#e88f1b” separator=”” tdc_css=””]Occupational therapist helps the clients to achieve satisfied state in life. They design some purposeful activity or interventions to promote health, prevent injury or disability. They work with clients on a one-to-one basis and they design treatment programmers to suit each person’s needs and lifestyle. The work could include programs like teaching an older patient recovering from a stroke how to dress themselves, encouraging someone suffering with depression to take up a hobby or activity which they enjoyed earlier, helping clients adjust to permanent disabilities etc.[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”WHAT ALL CAN I DO?” header_color=”#e88f1b”][/td_block_text_with_title]

Hospital / Clinic

In the hospital setting they observe patients doing tasks, ask them questions to understand them better, review their medical history and design programs to improve their conditions.

Charities or voluntary organizations

The job profile of an occupational therapist in an NGO include helping the clients to manage their daily activities. They make them independent. Clients in the NGO may have mental, physical or social difficulties.


Occupational therapists in prisons plan various activities for the prisoners in order to teach them job skills to maximum inmates inside a correctional facility. They assist with the release planning of inmates through a re-entry program. This assures success in living and working environment after being incarcerated.

Companies and Businesses

They analyze and study the working environment in the organizations. They develop better working conditions and methodologies for the employees.

Social Services Departments

They help to regain skills that patients have lost because of illness or disability. They identify equipment and home adaptations to help the patients with everyday activities.

Special Schools

They work in special schools and work with the students to improve their performance. They are concerned with understanding student’s skills and abilities and the expectations placed on him/her in the school setting.

Private Practice

They practicing privately within their own clinic.

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Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with Biology Pursue Bachelor in Occupational Therapy for 4.5 years (4 years study + 6 months internship) Pursue Masters in Occupational Therapy for 2-3 years Pursue Doctorate in Occupational Therapy for 2 years

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12thor senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit (17 at 31st December of the year of admission).

[/td_block_text_with_title][td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”WORK DESCRIPTION” header_color=”#dd3333″ separator=”” tdc_css=””]Occupational therapist helps in case of disabilities to independently manage their day to day tasks. Some of the key tasks they manage include:

  • Advise on special equipment which can be used to assist in day to day activities
  • Create recovery and rehabilitation programme to help in rebuilding skills and capabilities
  • Train and mentor people with learning disabilities
  • Liaison with doctors, patients family & medical support staff
  • Train patient on soft skills such as anger & anxiety management
  • Build strong relationship and trust with patients and concerned stakeholders


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