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Recreational Therapists

Also called: Recreation Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Activity Director, 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:
  • Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
  • Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

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

Abilities

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

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Social Orientation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Avid Technology Sibelius
  • MakeMusic Finale
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Medical software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$43,180
per year, on average
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