Recreational Therapists (29-1125)

Occupation 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 arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity. Excludes Recreation Workers (39-9032).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 172206 19.83 48
United States 18,60020,900 12.0220 430660

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.9813.4716.98 22.0628.5634.52

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
15117 11.353.3 44.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation44
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation35
UI claimants previously working in occupation9
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 30
Number of job position postings 1
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 30.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None