Career Details

Recreational Therapist

Career Overview

Recreational therapists plan and provide recreational activities that may involve music, art, crafts, drama, sports, or other games to patients in healthcare settings or the general public through parks and recreation departments.


A four-year bachelor's degree in recreational therapy may be necessary to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$28,000 /yr
$46,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Dance
  • Math
  • Art
  • Performing Arts
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Physical Education
  • Anatomy
  • Health
  • Music
  • Swimming
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Recreational therapists typically work in hospitals and nursing care facilities or for the government. Some of these positions may be physically demanding, if they require lifting and moving patients. This work may require some nights and weekends.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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