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Therapeutic Recreation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010),employment of recreational therapists is expected to increase 15 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations in community, residential, and health service settings serving persons with disabilities, senior citizens, or those diagnosed with mental retardation, mental illness, or substance abuse problems.

Graduates from Therapeutic Recreation are employed in a number of settings. Below are just a few examples of the range of employment opportunities that are available.

Employment Settings

  • Special recreation associations
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health centers
  • Substance abuse facilities
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Residential and group homes
  • Long term care facilities

Example of Titles

  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
  • Recreation therapist
  • Department director
  • Department supervisor
  • Inclusion coordinator
  • Program specialist
  • Activity coordinator
  • Activity therapist

Expected Salaries

  • Entry-level - $26,-34,000
  • Experienced - $40,000
  • Highly experienced - $65,000

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Kinesiology and Recreation
Campus Box 5120
250 McCormick Hall
Normal, Il 61790-5120
Phone: (309) 438-8661
Fax: (309) 438-5559

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