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Written by James Prew


What is Occupation? 

The word occupation often makes people think of "jobs", but the actual word 'occupation' simply means the things we do everyday to keep ourselves occupied, and this includes the activities and tasks we need to do, want to do, or have to do. 

As the word 'occupation' relates to the profession of occupational therapy, 'occupation' is any activity that has a positive effect on health and well-being, creates structure and organizes time, brings meaning to life - both culturally and personally, and enables people to participate in the activities of everyday life. The word 'therapy' signifies that the therapist will perform interventions that brings about enablement. Sometimes occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work on helping a person rehabilitate a body structure needed to perform activities, while other interventions might actually include performing tasks or activities, or the actual occupation itself as a means of recovery.

Occupational Therapy assists people of all ages and abilities to participate in valued life activities.

The Occupation of the NMOTA Website, is to promote the "Distinct Value" of Occupational Therapy and that of Occupational Therapy practitioners, by creating pathways to resources and information which may then guide our visitors to a better understanding of the role of our chosen profession in Health Care and the Community. 

  • Educational Opportunities and Career Information can be found on the Academic Programs and Career information pages. 

  • For graduate students newly entering the profession, or practitioners looking for new opportunities, we offer the ability to post resume's, cover letters, and connect with employment opportunities in our Jobs Board or in the Forum.

  • For Conference Exhibitors, Employers, and other organizations in the community we offer both free and competitively priced advertizing opportunities on our Employment and Business Listings pages. ( contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more. )

  • The Resource Guide offers all of our visitors access to a growing list of health care related information that will include; links to the official publications that govern the practice of OT, local and nationally based public health organizations, and any State or Federal agencies responsible for regulating the profession.

    • Occupational therapy practitioners, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, senior care and VA hospices, and specialty equipment providers are offered the opportunity to submit articles, banner ads, and professional listings on the website at any time. 

  • Organizations are encouraged to ask about special membership opportunities, sponsor continuing education events, and participate in the NMOTA Annual Conference.

  • Visitors are also invited to contribute by offering testimonials, comments about the website, links to resources, and suggestions for future content that will help us all to grow with the flow. ( Click the Feedback tab on the right side of the page  to Leave us a Message ) 

'Occupational Therapy' helps us learn to move beyond our physical, emotional, and cognitive limitations by showing us that there are few limits that cannot be overcome.

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