Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists treat disabled, sick or wounded patients with special equipment and the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help patients strengthen, regain and develop the skills required for day-to-day work and life. They also provide long-term medical care and emergency patient care.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Patience

  • Adaptability

  • Empathy

  • Compassion

  • Communication

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Active Listening

  • Observation

  • Attention to Detail

  • Critical Thinking

PROS


  • It is a very rewarding job because you make a substantial difference in the lives of others

  • It is very dynamic and keeps you on your toes

  • Ability to work in different environments as each scenario and the requirement of dealing with each patient can vary on certain levels.

CONS

  • The pay is quite minimal

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospitals

  • Private Practice

  • Health Care Centres

  • Rehabilitation Centres

  • Non-Governmental Organisations

  • Geriatric Homes

  • You don't mind going the extra mile for somebody else

  • You believe kindness is your strength

  • You prefer following a set routine

  • You are quite organised while being determined to find a solution to every problem

  • Human behaviour and psychology leaves you spellbound

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Interesting Facts about the career

The occupational therapy arose around 100 BC in back of centuries by a Greek physician named “Asclepiads”. He initiated the treatment of mentally impaired people using music, massage, exercise and therapeutic bath.

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