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DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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. Excludes “Recreation Workers” (39-9032).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 103$32.19/hr$19.76/hr$25.79/hr$30.96/hr$36.43/hr$46.91/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services280$23.73/hr
Public Administration70$34.90/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/A0.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/A$32.93/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10N/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota 10$30.96/hr8.8%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$24.74/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$32.99/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 30$29.00/hr11.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 260$23.25/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 280$23.93/hrN/A
Minnesota 350$26.49/hr13.1%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Occupational Therapy Assistants 630$28.80/hr24.4%
Special Education Teachers, All Other 230$65,909.51/yr7.0%
Recreation Workers 5,440$18.28/hr14.0%
Psychiatric Technicians 1,610$18.74/hr11.2%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 7,400$31.74/hr10.6%


  • Instruct patient in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art, or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
  • Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
  • 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.
  • Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
  • Develop discharge plans for patients.
  • Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients, themselves, to assess patients' capabilities, needs and interests.
  • Confer with members of treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs.
  • 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.
  • Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
  • 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.