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 includes

Art Therapists , Music Therapists

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $36,310.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 284
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 10.87 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Oral Communication
Information Gathering
Customer Service
Critical Thinking
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Intellectual Risk-taking
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Develop patient therapy programs
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Develop treatment plans
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies
Establish treatment goals
Develop medical treatment plans
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Massage patient or client
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources
Administer cancer treatments
Position patients for treatment or examination
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Treat medical condition of patient
Administer rehabilitation interventions
Assist patients in performing breathing exercises
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Provide assistance in administering rehabilitation
Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids
Apply traction to patients
Administer enemas, irrigations, or douches to patients
Treat patients through use of music
Provide in home patient care
Employ respiratory equipment
Test patient heart or lung functioning
Provide physical therapy to patients or clients
Treat chronic diseases or disorders
Administer radioactive isotopes
Provide occupational therapy to patients or clients
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
Feed food to individuals
Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures
Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health
Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments

Training and Teaching Others

Educate patients regarding diagnosis or treatment
Instruct patients in methods to improve functional activities
Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel
Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses
Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities
Prepare medical reports
Instruct participants in recreational or fitness activities
Educate patients in use of assistive, supportive, or health-related devices
Prepare reports or presentations associated with non-medical therapy treatment
Instruct patients or caregivers in basic and adaptive living skills
Teach medical self care
Train medical providers
Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients
Prepare medical reports or presentations
Demonstrate physical activities
Prepare healthcare training materials

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Behavioral Health
Therapy Services
Discharge Planning
Occupational Therapy
Patient/Family Education and Instruction

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