Career Details for Recreational Therapists

Recreational Therapists

Also called:

Activity Director, Recreation Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Rehabilitation Therapist

What they do:

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.

On the job, you would:

  • Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients themselves to assess patients' capabilities, needs and interests.
  • Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and participate in treatment programs and activities to facilitate patients' rehabilitation, help them integrate into the community, and prevent further medical problems.

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Math and Science

  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology

Health

  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry

Business

  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others

Social

  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

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Verbal

  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Attention

  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Self Control

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software

  • Avid Technology Sibelius
  • Hyperscore

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel

Medical software

  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software

book EDUCATION

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bachelor's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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AVERAGE

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

SALARY
$46,410


per year, on average
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