Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1125 Recreational Therapists
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.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: 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. Develop treatment plan to meet needs of patient, based on needs assessment, patient interests and objectives of therapy. Prepare and submit reports and charts to treatment team to reflect patients' reactions and evidence of progress or regression. Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients themselves to assess patients' capabilities, needs and interests. Counsel and encourage patients to develop leisure activities. Instruct patient in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs. Confer with members of treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs. Encourage clients with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting leisure activities, such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and gardening.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.70   Entry $28,494.00
Mean $21.10   Mean $43,880.00
Experience $24.80 Experience $51,573.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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