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

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