Recreational Therapists

General Information

Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit47.38%
  2. State and local government25.90%
  3. Private, not for profit22.65%
  4. Federal government2.87%
  5. Self-employed0.84%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 1,900 openings for recreational therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$47,710

State-by-state Salary

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$81,650
$31,200
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 88%
  • Master's degree 8%
  • Some college 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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