Recreational Therapists

Recreational therapists, also known asĀ therapeutic recreation specialists, plan, organize, direct, and monitor medically approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, clinics, and various community settings. These therapists use recreational activities to assist patients with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities to achieve the maximum possible functional independence. Recreational therapists hold about 18,640 jobs in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Art Therapists, Dance/Movement Therapists, Horticultural Therapists, Industrial Therapists, Music Therapists, Orientation Therapists, Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
Duties Plan, organize, direct, and monitor medically approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, clinics, and various community settings
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
Experience Volunteer or part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Helpful
  • Social
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Teacher, or Researcher, or Consultant
  • Supervisor
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Staff Therapist

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