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Opportunities in Recreational Therapy

One of the biggest decisions to make when beginning your college admissions process is to first have a good understanding not only of what major or career choice you will follow, but also what it consists of. Many students will often know what interests them. But when it comes to deciding on a career path, they may not fully understand all of their options.

It is important that students should consider the job market for the careers they are pondering whether or not to pursue. Each person should make sure the job market for a potential career is prospering and is expected to grow. Over time the available jobs can fluctuate based on several factors like technology and change in the needs of the population.  

Recreational therapy is one of those career fields expected to grow about 7% in the coming years[1]. The field of recreational therapy may be new to you. This career may also be known as music therapy, dance therapy, or art therapy. This is not to be confused with a general recreational worker who organizes activities mostly for enjoyment.

As a Right C3 coach I hear so many students who mention their passion for art, music or even dance and want to help others through their career. This career allows someone to integrate both their passions for the arts and their desire to help others. If a student is striving to become an artist or a musician, they may not know they could also use their talent as therapy with the appropriate professional training in psychology.

By becoming a recreational therapist, you will improve a client’s emotional and physical well-being. A recreational therapist assesses what a patient needs and develops a plan to help them using the arts. Through this method of therapy, patients conquer their problems with self-confidence, self-control, depression and anger by expressing themselves through art and music. Being a recreational therapist involves using a variety of techniques ranging from crafts, sports, art, dance, and field trips.

With this career choice, students have various options for employment. This is a job that can help people of all ages! Recreational therapists can find employment in schools, hospitals, prisons, orphanages, community recreational facilities, schools for the blind, and homes for the elderly. As you work in different environments you spend your work day working alongside physicians, social workers, physical or occupational therapists, and nurses. Recreational therapists are members of the healthcare team that provide assistance through their own skill set.

There are both two and four year degree programs to pursue in this field. However, depending on the level of educational preparation, responsibilities and employment opportunities vary. A Right C3 coach can help determine if this career might be a fit for you and help you plan your educational path to reach your goal!


[1] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/recreational-therapists.htm

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