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Recreational Therapists - 29-1125.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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 crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Activities Coordinator
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • General Activities Therapist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Recreational Therapy Program Coordinator
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
  • Therapeutic Specialist
  • Therapist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
  • Confer with members of treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs.
  • Counsel and encourage patients to develop leisure activities.
  • Develop discharge plans for patients.
  • Develop treatment plan to meet needs of patient, based on needs assessment, patient interests, and objectives of therapy.
  • Encourage clients with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting leisure activities, such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and gardening.
  • Instruct patient in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art, or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
  • Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
  • Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients, themselves, to assess patients' capabilities, needs and interests.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and participate in treatment programs and activities to facilitate patients' rehabilitation, help them integrate into the community, and prevent further medical problems.
  • Prepare and submit reports and charts to treatment team to reflect patients' reactions and evidence of progress or regression.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
  • Encourage patients or clients to develop life skills.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
  • Treat patients using psychological therapies.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Correctional Counselor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist, Special Warfare (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Therapeutic Riding Instructor

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Art Therapist
  • Dance Therapist
  • Horticultural Therapist
  • Music Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist