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10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

Georgia Price / AllHealthcare and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recreational Therapist

Recreational therapists, also referred to as therapeutic recreation specialists, provide treatment services and recreation activities for individuals with disabilities or illnesses. Using a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings, therapists improve and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients. Therapists help individuals reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities; build confidence; and socialize effectively so that they can enjoy greater independence and reduce or eliminate the effects of their illness or disability. In addition, therapists help people with disabilities integrate into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities. Recreational therapists are different from recreation workers, who organize recreational activities primarily for enjoyment.

Median Salary: $36,940

Projected Need (2016): 26,000

Projected Growth: 4%

Job Outlook: Overall employment of recreational therapists is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs is expected.

Recreational therapists will experience competition for jobs. Job opportunities should be best for people with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation or in recreation with courses in therapeutic recreation. Opportunities also should be good for therapists who hold specialized certifications such as aquatic therapy, meditation, or crisis intervention. Recreational therapists might experience more competition for jobs in certain regions of the country.

More Resources:


Career Profile: Art Therapist
Career Guide: Music Therapists
Calming the Mind With Art Therapy
Quiz: What’s Your Healthcare Dream Job?

Bonus: Visit the Therapy Health Careers Page

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics



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