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.

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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) 375
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

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

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Training and Teaching Others

Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel
Instruct patients in methods to improve functional activities
Instruct participants in recreational or fitness activities
Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses
Teach medical self care
Educate patients regarding diagnosis or treatment
Instruct patients or caregivers in basic and adaptive living skills
Demonstrate physical activities
Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities
Manage classroom activities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Develop patient therapy programs
Develop treatment plans
Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies
Establish treatment goals
Provide assistance in administering rehabilitation
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Massage patient or client
Treat patients through use of music
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Evaluate therapy needs of patient or client
Evaluate patient or client response to therapy or treatment
Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions
Evaluate patient functioning and capabilities
Evaluate individual fitness level

Getting Information

Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress
Gather medical information from patient histories
Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals
Research medical or health improvement issues
Collect clinical data

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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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