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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
Southwest Minnesota 4011$28.02/hr$18.80/hr$24.09/hr$30.64/hr$30.64/hr$32.38/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services500$24.40/hr
Public Administration80$35.61/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/A$24.40/hrN/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 20$31.01/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$28.02/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$30.55/hr8.8%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$33.00/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$24.46/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$30.55/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 20$30.93/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$28.79/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$30.64/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$30.64/hr0.0%
Central Minnesota 60$27.08/hr11.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 430$24.40/hrN/A
Minnesota 580$24.40/hr13.1%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Occupational Therapy Assistants 660$28.95/hr24.4%
Special Education Teachers, All Other 360$65,673.96/yr7.0%
Recreation Workers 5,630$16.54/hr14.0%
Psychiatric Technicians 2,010$18.64/hr11.2%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 8,240$30.79/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.