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Notable Statistics About Recreation Therapy / Therapeutic Recreation

by Hawke published Apr 04, 2017 12:20 AM, last modified Apr 04, 2017 12:29 AM
Some interesting stats from Forbes Magazine about TR / RT...

 A fascinating study at Oxford University sheds light on the fields that are now at the greatest and least risk of automation

So which jobs are at the least risk of automation? Here are the top 20, starting with the least computerizable. If you're curious about where your job is headed and it's not listed here, check out the study.  There are 702 titles listed.

1. Recreational therapists

2. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers and repairers

3. Emergency management directors

4. Mental health and substance abuse social workers

5. Audiologists

6. Occupational therapists

7. Orthotists and prosthetists

8. Healthcare social workers

9. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

10. First-line supervisors of fire-fighting and prevention workers





10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

Labor Statistics
Recreational Therapist

Recreational therapists, also referred to as therapeutic recreation specialists, provide treatment services and recreation activities for individuals with disabilities or illnesses. Using a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings, therapists improve and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients. Therapists help individuals reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities; build confidence; and socialize effectively so that they can enjoy greater independence and reduce or eliminate the effects of their illness or disability. In addition, therapists help people with disabilities integrate into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities. Recreational therapists are different from recreation workers, who organize recreational activities primarily for enjoyment.

Median Salary: $36,940

Projected Need (2016): 26,000

Projected Growth: 4%

Job Outlook: Overall employment of recreational therapists is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs is expected.

Recreational therapists will experience competition for jobs. Job opportunities should be best for people with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation or in recreation with courses in therapeutic recreation. Opportunities also should be good for therapists who hold specialized certifications such as aquatic therapy, meditation, or crisis intervention. Recreational therapists might experience more competition for jobs in certain regions of the country.









According to a Georgetown study, business is one of the most popular college majors. It ranked 154th on PayScale’s list for salary growth. Nursing, the fourth most common major, ranked 152nd. The fifth most popular major, psychology, ranked 250th.

Here are the 10 majors with the slowest salary growth:

1. Elementary Education

2. Youth Ministry

3. Human Development & Family Studies

4. Therapeutic Recreation

5. Social Work

6. Human Services

7. Child Development

8. Early Childhood & Elementary Education

9. Child & Family Studies

10. Early Childhood Education






Hourly Wage $13.47 $17.10 $22.31 $28.69 $34.78
Annual Wage (2) $28,010 $35,570 $46,410 $59,680 $72,340

Core Compensation     Median     % of Total
Base Salary     $52,442     69.7%
Bonuses     $46     0.1%
Value of Benefits
Social Security     $4,015     5.3%
401K/403B     $1,890     2.5%
Disability     $472     0.6%
Healthcare     $6,592     8.8%
Pension     $3,307     4.4%
Time Off     $6,460     8.6%
Total Compensation     $75,223     100%








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