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.
Also called: Activity Director, Recreation Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Rehabilitation Therapist

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
    Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
    Business
  • customer service
  • management
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
    Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
    Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Self Control

Technology:

    Music or sound editing software
  • Avid Technology Sibelius
  • Hyperscore
    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
    Medical software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Education:

    bachelor's degree
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