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A Career in Occupational Therapy

By Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Student Liaison
American Occupational Therapy Association

Young or old, we all have a job to do, the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families are among the "occupations" of life. Unfortunately, physical, emotional, or other challenges often prevent people from fully participating in the job of living. Disease, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be active and independent.

Occupational therapy, a vibrant, growing profession, makes it possible for people to achieve independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference! You will be able to improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old.

To find out about a career in occupational therapy go to

To find out about scholarship and financial aid resources for students interested in a career in occupational therapy go to

For additional information on the American Occupational Therapy Association or occupational therapy as a profession, please contact:
Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Student Liaison
Phone: (301) 652-6611 x2051


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