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Career and Education Opportunities for Recreational Therapists in Louisiana

Louisiana has a population of 4,492,076, which has grown by 0.52% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Pelican State," its capital is Baton Rouge, though its most populous city is New Orleans.

About 520 people are currently employed as recreational therapists in Louisiana. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 10% to about 570 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for recreational therapists are expected to grow by about 14.6%. In general, recreational therapists plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions.

Recreational therapists earn approximately $15 hourly or $32,950 per year on average in Louisiana. Nationally they average about $18 hourly or $38,370 per year. Incomes for recreational therapists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Athletic and Occupational in Louisiana, and not quite as good as the overall Athletic and Occupational category nationally. People working as recreational therapists can fill a number of jobs, such as: rehabilitation therapist, therapist, and dance therapist.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,576,960 jobs in Louisiana. The average annual income was $36,091 in 2008, up from $35,340 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Louisiana was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Approximately 18.7% of Louisiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Louisiana include petroleum products manufacturing, petroleum refineries, and basic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Longue Vue House & Gardens.

CITIES WITH Recreational Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Louisiana


JOB DESCRIPTION: Recreational Therapist

Recreational Therapist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, recreational therapists plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. They also activities include sports, trips, and arts and crafts.

Every day, recreational therapists are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Louisiana include:

  • Audiologist. Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Inspector. Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector.
  • Occupational Therapist. Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to disabled persons.
  • Physical Therapist. Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.
  • Speech and Language Teacher. Assess and treat persons with speech, language, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Louisiana

Louisiana
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Louisiana has a population of 4,492,076, which has grown by 0.52% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Pelican State," its capital is Baton Rouge, though its largest city is New Orleans. In 2008, there were a total of 2,576,960 jobs in Louisiana. The average annual income was $36,091 in 2008, up from $35,340 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Louisiana was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Roughly 18.7% of Louisiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Louisiana include petroleum products manufacturing, petroleum refineries, and basic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Longue Vue House & Gardens, the Reverend Zombies House of Voodoo, and the Louisiana Children's Museum.