|Quick Facts: Recreational Therapists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$39,410 per year
$18.95 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||22,400|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||17% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||3,800|
Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation programs for people with disabilities or illnesses. They use a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports, games, and field trips. These programs help maintain or improve a client’s physical and emotional well-being.
Recreational therapists work in a variety of settings and may arrange to have activities both indoors and outdoors. Most therapists work full time.
Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Most employers require therapists to be certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).
The median annual wage of recreational therapists was $39,410 in May 2010.
Employment for recreational therapists is expected to grow 17 percent, 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.
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