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Education in India, Career in India: Occupational Therapy

Looking for a Career Options as an occupational therapy ? This section features occupational therapy as a career options, elaborated with reference to the job profile, personality traits required, the courses and training involved, premier institutions and future prospects.>

Occupational therapy is related to health which gives focus on individual with physical or mental disabilities or illness for getting highest functionality level and wellness in regular life. In short, occupational therapy is skillful treatment which helps to individual's disabilities and achieves independence in all the side means performing routine activities such as play, work, leisure etc.

Those having mentally, physically, and emotionally and developing disabling situation, occupational therapy can work with all those. This therapy is totally specific to patient and involves creative, educational and recreational activities. For the occupational therapy, past experience of patient, their background and interest of patient is important part of the treatment.

Numbers of methods are used by the occupational therapists for treating the patient. They use their potential for maximizing patient's potential in performance areas and components of occupational performance. Occupational performance means daily routine activities such as dressing, grooming, and food preparation and the eating, mobility and communication, work activities that contains care of others, home management, educational activities, and leisure and play activities, and the vocational activities.

Number of people gets benefits from the occupational therapy. Some of these benefits are given below:

  • Work-related injuries including lower back problems or repetitive stress injuries
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
  • Problems with substance use or eating disorders
  • Mental health or behavioral problems including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress
  • Burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
  • Vision or cognitive problems that threaten their ability to drive
  • Broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents

Personality Traits

Personality traits include the following:

  • An eye for detail
  • A scientific bent of mind, liking for machines and equipments
  • Service mentality
  • He /she also needs to be empathic towards the pain of the patients
  • Ability to work hard
  • He /she needs to have good communication skills and be able to build rapport with the patients to elicit better results
  • A logical bent of mind and honesty toward the profession
  • Alertness of mind
  • Team Spirit
  • Willing to work even at odd hours


  • The Institute For the Physically Handicapped, 4, Vishnu Digamber Marg, New Delhi:110002
  • All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hazi Ali Park, K.Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai-400034
  • Christian Medical College, Thorapudi P.O, Vellore-632002
  • College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal-576119
  • G.S. Seth Medical College, Parel, Mumbai 400012
  • Govt. Medical College, Chennai
  • K.M.C.H. College Of Occupational Therapy, Avinshi Road, Coimbatore 641014
  • L.T. College, Sion, Mumbai 400022
  • National Institute For the Orthopaedically Handicapped, B.T. Road, Bon-Hooghly, Kolkatta-700090
  • National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research (NIRTAR), Olatpur, P.O.Bairoi, Cuttack-754010
  • Occupation Therapy Training School, Sir DB. Orthopaedic Centre, Mumbai-400012
  • S.M.S. Hospital, Jaipur 302004,(Tamil Nadu)
  • S.R.M. Institute of Medical Science and Research, Ashok Nagar, Chennai-600033
  • Santosh College of Occupational Therapy, Chennai-600090
  • Santosh World Medical Academy, No.1, Santosh Nagar, Pratap Vihar, Ghaziabad-201009, (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Santosh World Medical Academy, No.1, Santosh Nagar, Pratap Vihar, Ghaziabad-201009
  • Patna Medical College Hospital, Patna-800004
  • Regd. Office & Training Centre : RZ-A-44, Mahipalpur, New Delhi-110037
  • K.M.C.H. College Of Occupational Theraphy, Avinshi Road, Coimbatore 641014

Placements And Prospects

In the fitness and medical areas, therapists are in the highly demand. Occupational therapies work with the variety of disorders of the patient such as neurological, orthopedic and psychiatric or psychological conditions. Occupational therapists practice their own/individually, in their own clinic or work with combination of other specialties (medical) in hospitals, polyclinic, special schools, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric institutions, adult daycare program, community mental health centers, sports teams, and residential care facilities etc.

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