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Occupational Therapist

Aliases: Occupational Therapy Doctor

Industry/Sector(s): Healthcare


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks an Occupational Therapist is expected to perform include:

  • Providing medical help and/or rehabilitation to individuals suffering from functional disabilities
  • Helping general treatment and recovery of patients suffering from tuberculosis, rheumatism, industrial accidents, blood pressure, heart trouble, etc.
  • Engaging the patient as guided by doctor in creative, vocational and manual pursuits such as craft work, gardening, physical exercises, games, music, etc.​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is not a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is not a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs are available
  • Work from home option is not available​
Working hours
  • Individual usually works for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. The organization or institution remains open and functional for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
  • Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and those who have Both their Legs Impaired (BL) and One Arm Impaired (OA)

This may vary from organization to organization​
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, B.Sc.​ (Occupational Therapist)

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • In-depth knowledge of physiology and human psychology
  • In-depth knowledge of different therapies
  • Skilled in customizing treatment for specific disabilities
  • Ability to guide the family of the patients regarding care of the disabled
  • Knowledge of medical practices
  • Keeping up-to-date with any advances in the diagnosis and treatment of patients
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Flexibility and attentiveness
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 
CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 1

Intern → Occupational Therapist → Senior Occupational Therapist → Head of Department → Medical Director/Superintendent

The progression is indicative​​​​
EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For candidates with experience - Rs 10,300 to Rs 34,800 per month

These figures are indicative and subject to change

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Generally, 5 years of experience is required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Self-employed
  • Medical colleges
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • NGOs
KEYWORDS 

Physiotherapist​

OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152264.0200Occupational Therapist
ISCO 20082264Physiotherapists
NIC 200886909Other human health activities n.e.c. (including independent ambulance activities)
QP ReferenceNot applicableNot applicable
NSQFNot applicableNot applicable
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