|Quick Facts: Recreational Therapists|
$51,330 per year
$24.68 per hour
|4% (As fast as average)|
Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based medical treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.
Recreational therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and government parks and recreation departments. Most work full time.
Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. Many employers require them to be certified.
The median annual wage for recreational therapists was $51,330 in May 2022.
Employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2022 to 2032, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 1,300 openings for recreational therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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