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Recreational therapists help people who are injured to get active again. They use sports, games, arts, crafts, and music to help patients build confidence and get back into life. These therapists are not the same as the recreation workers who conduct games and pastimes for fun.
Recreational therapists find out what patients need. They do this by looking at medical records and talking to other staff. They also listen to the patients and their families. They then make up a program to help the person. For instance, they might help a right-handed girl who can't use her right arm any more to throw a ball with her left arm.
Recreational therapists often work in special rooms at hospitals. They might also work with clients on a playing field or in a swimming pool. They plan events and keep records in offices. They generally work a 40-hour week. This may include some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
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A college degree in recreation therapy is usually required. A National board certifies therapeutic recreation specialists. Then, they have to pass an exam.
Recreational therapists should be at ease working with disabled people. They have to be patient and tactful. They need imagination to adapt games to a person's needs. They must have good physical skills to show people how to do some activities.
|How much does this job pay?||Back to Top|
In May 2008, recreational therapists had average yearly wages of $39,930.
|How many jobs are there?||Back to Top|
Recreational therapists held about 23,300 jobs in 2008. About 7 out of 10 were in nursing care facilities and hospitals.
|What about the future?||Back to Top|
Employment of recreational therapists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2018. This is because they will be needed to serve a growing number of older persons and persons with disabilities. Hospitals and nursing homes will provide most jobs. Adult day care, assisted-living, social service, and physical and psychiatric rehabilitation sites will also provide many jobs.
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|Where can you find more information?||Back to Top|
More BLS information about recreational therapists can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook also shows where to find out even more about this job.
Last Modified Date: March 19, 2010