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Recreational Therapists

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Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.


  • Applicants for recreational therapist jobs will experience competition.
  • A bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation is the usual educational requirement.
  • Some States regulate recreational therapists through licensure, registration, or regulation of titles, but requirements vary.
  • Recreational therapists should be comfortable working with persons who are ill or who have disabilities.


Personality I like helping others
Salary $41,060/yr ($20.53/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Bachelors