An Occupational Therapist | Eligibility | Salary | Scope - Brainchecker

An Occupational Therapist | Eligibility | Salary | Scope

An occupational therapist is responsible for providing medical help and/or rehabilitation to individuals suffering from functional disabilities that prevent them from leading fully functional and healthy, independent lives, in the workplace and/or at home. These patients’ disabilities generally stem from physical or mental illness, aging, developmental problems, and/or emotional problems. Occupational therapy employs various exercises and physical and mental activities meant to challenge and thereby further improve and develop motor and sensory perception, judgment and problem-solving skills, cognition, hand functions, and hand-eye coordination. Patients with physical limitations that cannot be healed or cured are taught how to circumvent those limitations to manage everyday activities and work-specific tasks independently, sometimes through physical or mental exercises, and sometimes by using specially designed devices.

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Eligibility Criteria

 The requirements to become an occupational therapist are as follows:

  1. 10+2 with at least 50 percent marks.
  2. A Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. , ( a four and a half year program )
  3. A six-month internship.

For admission to the MOT program, the candidate should have passed Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (B.O.Th.) from an institution recognized by UGC securing at least 50% marks in the aggregate. Few universities are offering the course including Jamia Hamdard (New Delhi) and Manipal Academy, Karnataka.

If you are interested to help the people and you have a good and pleasant nature, and you want to do something for the people who are permanently or temporarily physically disabled or want to help the older persons who are living in an old age home or you wish to give your finger to hook up a kid for the first time step.

If it so! This is the best field for you and you will touch the height of success in this science field. To find a good job or the best platform, one’s needed to go for a higher study in this field like M.Sc or doctoral program. There is a good career prospect for the candidates who have done higher education in this field.

After the completion of the degree courses, the students must go for the national certification examination to get the license, and to practice individually. It is mandatory to have a license for the practice.

At present, people are facing many problems in their daily lifestyle regarding mental, emotional, or physical problems. The Occupational therapist is the one who cures such disorders.

You can work as a freelancer in this field. There is a good opportunity to go abroad after the completion of this course.

Some of the top job profiles or the titles in this field are as the following:

  • Teacher
  • Consultant
  • OT technician
  • OT nurse
  • Rehabilitation therapy assistant
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Private practitioner
  • Occupational therapist
  • Service delivery manager
  • Lab technician
  • Medical record technician
  • National sales manager
  • OT in-charge
  • Critical care nursing in charge



The salary varies greatly depending on location, experience, and whether the position is in the public or private sector. The average annual pay for a physiotherapist in India might range from Rs. 93,957 to Rs. 7,14,762.

Occupational therapists find jobs in hospitals, private clinics, health centers, rehabilitation centers, and NGOs. More than one-third of occupational therapists work part-time.

In large rehabilitation centers, occupational therapists may work in spacious rooms equipped with machines, tools, and other devices generating noise. The job can be tiring because therapists are on their feet much of the time.

Those providing home healthcare may spend time driving from appointment to appointment. Therapists also face hazards such as back strain from lifting and moving clients and equipment.

Occupational therapists, in recent times, are increasingly taking on supervisory roles. Due to rising healthcare costs, third-party payers are beginning to encourage occupational therapist assistants and aides to take more hands-on responsibility. By having assistants and aides work more closely with clients under the guidance of a therapist, the cost of therapy should be more modest.

The earnings of occupational therapists are no less encouraging. They work on a full-time or part-time basis in hospitals/rehabilitation centers to earn a handsome salary. Graduate occupational therapists get starting salary ranging between Rs 8,500 and Rs 11,500 per month. However, with one or two years of experience, remuneration increases. In private hospitals and NGOs, the pay package is higher.


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