Recreational therapists

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Total Workforce

12.8k

Average Age

41.2

Estimated Job Growth

6.77%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$39,867

Average Male Salary

$43,051

Average Female Salary

$38,961

About

Recreational therapists are most often employed by the Hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Recreational therapists was $39,867 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Recreational therapists by wage are Opticians, dispensing, Directors, religious activities & education, and Travel agents.

Recreational therapists are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physicians & surgeons, Physician assistants, Podiatrists, Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Radiation therapists, Recreational therapists, Respiratory therapists, Speechlanguage pathologists, Other therapists, including exercise physiologists, Veterinarians, Registered nurses, Nurse anesthetists, Audiologists, Health diagnosing & treating practitioners, all other, Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians, Dental hygienists, Diagnostic related technologists & technicians, Emergency medical technicians & paramedics, Health practitioner support technologists & technicians, Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses, Medical records & health information technicians, Opticians, dispensing, Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians, and Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations

The top 3 locations that employ the most Recreational therapists are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Recreational therapists are .

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Recreational therapists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Hospitals is the industry that employs the most Recreational therapists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Recreational therapists, by average wage, is Justice, public order, & safety activities . Recreational therapists are paid most in false but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,867

AVERAGE SALARY

± $4,005

In 2017, Recreational therapists earned an average of $39,867, $12,198 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Directors, religious activities & education make somewhat more than Recreational therapists while Opticians, dispensing make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Recreational therapists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.249

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Recreational therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.249, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Recreational therapists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Recreational therapists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Recreational therapists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Recreational therapists, by number of employees, are Hospitals, Nursing Care Facilities, and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Recreational therapists, by average wage, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Hospitals, and Nursing Care Facilities.

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Industries by Share

12.8k

2017 Workforce

± 2,782

2.45%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 30.1%

The number of people employed as Recreational therapists has been growing at a rate of 2.45%, from 12,535 people in 2016 to 12,842 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Recreational therapists employed by various industries. Hospitals employs the largest share of Recreational therapists at  38.1%, followed by Nursing Care Facilities with 19.4% and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities with 8.14%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Recreational therapists in the US. The average age of male Recreational therapists in the workforce is 42.2 and of female Recreational therapists is 41, and the most common race/ethnicity for Recreational therapists is White.

Gender Composition

2.85k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 1,310

10k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,455

77.8% of Recreational therapists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Recreational therapists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Recreational therapists

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

85.2% of Recreational therapists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.7% of Recreational therapists, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Recreational therapists.

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Age by Gender

42.2

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 7.07

41

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 3.49

The median age of Recreational therapists is 41.2, and Male employees are generally 1.21 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Recreational therapists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Recreational therapists is Health but a relatively high number of Recreational therapists hold a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Recreational therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recreational therapists need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Recreational therapists need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Operations Analysis, and Instructing.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Recreational therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Recreational therapists are expected to see a growth of 6.77% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.77%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Recreational therapists. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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