|Quick Facts: Recreational Therapists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$42,280 per year
$20.33 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||19,800|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||13% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||2,700|
Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. Recreational therapists use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports, games, and community reintegration field trips to help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being.
Recreational therapists work in a variety of settings. Most therapists work full time.
Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Many employers require therapists to be certified.
The median annual wage for recreational therapists was $42,280 in May 2012.
Employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom generation ages, they will need recreational therapists to help treat age-related injuries and illnesses, such as strokes. Recreational therapists will also be needed to help patients manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity.
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