• Recreational Therapists
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 44,960
    $36,220 range bar $63,250
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Slow Growing
  • Recreational therapists plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities may include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and arts and crafts.

What do they typically do

  • Prepare and submit reports and charts to treatment team to reflect patients' reactions and evidence of progress or regression
  • Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being
  • Counsel and encourage patients to develop leisure activities
  • Develop treatment plan to meet needs of patient, based on needs assessment, patient interests and objectives of therapy
  • Instruct patient in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs
  • Plan, organize, direct and participate in treatment programs and activities to assist in patients' rehabilitation, help them integrate into the community, and prevent further medical problems
  • Get information from medical records, medical staff, family members, and the patients themselves to assess patients' capabilities, needs, and interests
  • Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed

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Job Growth -0.1%
Job Opening 21

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