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Recreational Therapist Work Conditions

Recreational therapists held about 22,400 jobs in 2010. The following industries employed the largest number of recreational therapists in 2010:

Nursing care facilities 22%
General medical and surgical hospitals; state, local, and private 17%
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals; state, local, and private 12%
Community care facilities for the elderly 6%
Individual, family, community, and vocational rehabilitation services 6%

Recreational therapists work in a variety of settings and may arrange to have activities both indoors and outdoors. Therapists often work in hospitals or nursing and residential care facilities. They may work in places such as substance abuse centers, rehabilitation centers, special education departments, and parks and recreation departments. They may use offices for planning or other administrative activities, such as client assessment, but may travel when working with clients. Therapists and their clients commonly go to fields and parks for sports and other outdoor activities.

Some recreational therapists work evenings and weekends to meet the needs of their clients.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

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