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Career and Education Opportunities for Recreational Therapists in South Carolina

South Carolina has a population of 4,561,242, which has grown by 13.69% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Palmetto State," South Carolina's capital and most populous city is Columbia.

Currently, 380 people work as recreational therapists in South Carolina. This is expected to grow by 8% to about 410 people by 2016. 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%. Recreational therapists generally plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions.

Income for recreational therapists is about $14 hourly or $30,090 per year on average in South Carolina. Nationally, their income is about $18 hourly or $38,370 annually. Incomes for recreational therapists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Athletic and Occupational in South Carolina, and not quite as good as the overall Athletic and Occupational category nationally. Recreational therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: therapeutic recreation specialist, activity therapist, and drama therapist.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,579,280 jobs in South Carolina. The average annual income was $32,495 in 2008, up from $31,925 the previous year. The unemployment rate in South Carolina was 11.7% in 2009, which has grown by 4.8% since the previous year. About 20.4% of South Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Carolina include engine, turbine, and power transmission equipment manufacturing, textile mills, and plastics products manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Columbia Museum of Art, the University of South Carolina, and the Historic Columbia.

CITIES WITH Recreational Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN South Carolina


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 South Carolina 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.
  • 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.
  • Sports Trainer. Evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to assist recovery from injury, avoid injury, or maintain peak physical fitness.

LOCATION INFORMATION: South Carolina

South Carolina
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South Carolina has a population of 4,561,242, which has grown by 13.69% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Palmetto State," South Carolina's capital and biggest city is Columbia. In 2008, there were a total of 2,579,280 jobs in South Carolina. The average annual income was $32,495 in 2008, up from $31,925 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in South Carolina was 11.7% in 2009, which has grown by 4.8% since the previous year. Approximately 20.4% of South Carolina residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Carolina include engine, turbine, and power transmission equipment manufacturing, textile mills, and plastics products manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Edventure, the University of South Carolina, and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter.