Help improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being through recreational activities. Recreation Therapists plan, coordinate, and direct recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or other health concerns. They use a variety of modalities including arts and crafts, music, theater, dance, sports, games, and community trips.
- Activities director
- Therapeutic recreation specialist
- Activity assistant
- Certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS)
- Rehabilitation therapist
- Recreational therapist
- Activity coordinator
- Recreation therapist
- Nursing homes
- Government parks and recreation departments
Career Outlook & Pay
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for Recreational Therapists are expected to grow at an average rate: 7% in the next 10 years, national.
Median annual wage
- CA: $68,630
- US: $47,680
Interests, Skills & Values
Recreational therapists want to share their passion for recreation and leisure activities with other people. They want to help people feel better by participating in these activities.
Recreational therapists should be gentle, kind, and empathetic when working with patients. They often work with patients who are in emotional and/or physical pain.
Recreational therapists should be able to quickly adapt activities to meet the individual needs of the patients.
Recreational therapists motivate patients to participate in recreational activities.
Recreational therapists listen carefully to a patient’s concerns before deciding on a therapeutic method.
Recreational therapists work with a variety of people, including people who require extra time and attention to learn an activity.
Recreational therapists need to give clear instructions during activities.
Recreational therapists are often on their feet and should be able to demonstrate activities.