Occupational Employment Statistics


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
Southeast Minnesota 7030$24.00/hr$18.89/hr$20.61/hr$22.96/hr$26.48/hr$31.95/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services320$26.56/hr
Public Administration80$31.95/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/A$31.66/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/A$31.66/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$22.19/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$22.88/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$22.29/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$17.67/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$28.77/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 30$28.57/hr4.1%
Southwest Minnesota 40$25.11/hr9.7%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$19.75/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 70$22.96/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 220$28.93/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 240$28.76/hrN/A
Minnesota 410$27.98/hr12.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Occupational Therapists 3,020$36.66/hr11.0%
Social and Human Service Assistants 12,970$17.60/hr8.2%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 690$25.26/hr19.2%
Recreation Workers 8,640$13.68/hr8.7%
Psychiatric Technicians N/A$17.22/hr11.4%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 8,430$26.84/hr9.6%

  • Confer with other professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.
  • 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.
  • Gather client information from sources such as case documentation, client observation, or interviews of client or family members.
  • Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
  • Develop discharge plans for patients.
  • Teach art therapy techniques or processes to artists, interns, volunteers, or others.
  • Sing or play musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar, or percussion instruments.
  • Design art therapy sessions or programs to meet client's goals or objectives.