Recreational therapists

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Total Workforce
12.3k
Average Age
42.3
Average Salary
$38,852
Average Male Salary
$40,052
Average Female Salary
$38,432

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Recreational therapists are most often employed by the Nursing Care Facilities industry. The average yearly wage for Recreational therapists was $38,852 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Recreational therapists by wage are Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Other machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic, and Interpreters and translators.

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. Nursing Care Facilities 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

$38,852
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,968

In 2018, Recreational therapists earned an average of $38,852, $15,037 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Other machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic make somewhat more than Recreational therapists while Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians 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

0.231
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Recreational therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.231, 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

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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 by Share

12.3k
2018 Workforce
± 2,718
-4.56%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 32.5%

The number of people employed as Recreational therapists has been declining at a rate of -4.56%, from 12,842 people in 2017 to 12,256 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Recreational therapists employed by various industries. Nursing Care Facilities employs the largest share of Recreational therapists at  31.3%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 18.8% and Individual & family services with 11.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Recreational therapists in the US. The average age of male Recreational therapists in the workforce is 39.5 and of female Recreational therapists is 43.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Recreational therapists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

3.18k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 1,383
9.08k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,340

74.1% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

73.4% of Recreational therapists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 22.7% of Recreational therapists, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

39.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 4.52
43.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.73

The median age of Recreational therapists is 42.3, and Male employees are generally 3.84 years younger 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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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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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