DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
29-1125 Recreational Therapists
Occupational Description: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. Excludes “Recreation Workers” (39-9032).
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 10 - Southeast||50||4||$23.42/hr||$0.96/hr||$16.28/hr||$18.67/hr||$24.49/hr||$27.37/hr||$30.12/hr|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||440||$27.40/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Recreational Therapists
- Plans, organizes, and participates in treatment programs and activities to facilitate the physical, mental, or emotional rehabilitation or health of patients.
- Develops treatment plan to meet needs of patient, based on needs assessment and objectives of therapy.
- Observes and confers with patient to assess patient's needs, capabilities, and interests and to devise treatment plan.
- Instructs patient in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, gardening, music, or art, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
- Evaluates patient's reactions to treatment experiences to assess progress or regression and effectiveness of treatment plan.
- Confers with members of treatment team to determine patient's needs, capabilities, and interests, and to determine objectives of therapy.
- Prepares and submits reports and charts to treatment team to reflect patients' reactions and evidence of progress or regression.
- Counsels and encourages patients to develop leisure activities.
- Conducts therapy sessions to improve patient's mental and physical well-being.
- Modifies content of patient's treatment program based on observation and evaluation of progress.