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Career and Education Opportunities for Recreational Therapists in Utah

Utah has a population of 2,784,572, which has grown by 24.69% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beehive State," Utah's capital and biggest city is Salt Lake City.

There are currently 260 jobs for recreational therapists in Utah and this is projected to grow by 16% to about 300 jobs by 2016. This is better than 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.

The income of a recreational therapist is about $16 hourly or $34,300 annually on average in Utah. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $18 per hour or $38,370 yearly on average. Incomes for recreational therapists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Athletic and Occupational in Utah, and not quite as good as the overall Athletic and Occupational category nationally. Jobs in this field include: activity therapist, recreation director, and dance therapist.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,702,493 jobs in Utah. The average annual income was $32,050 in 2008, up from $31,800 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Utah was 6.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.9% since the previous year. About 26.1% of Utah residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Utah include activities related to credit intermediation, nonferrous metal production, and sporting goods manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Utah Museum of Arts & History, the Children's Museum of Utah, and the Chase Home Museum UT Folk Arts.

CITIES WITH Recreational Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Utah


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

LOCATION INFORMATION: Utah

Utah
Utah photo by the U.S. National Park Service

Utah has a population of 2,784,572, which has grown by 24.69% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beehive State," Utah's capital and biggest city is Salt Lake City. In 2008, there were a total of 1,702,493 jobs in Utah. The average annual income was $32,050 in 2008, up from $31,800 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Utah was 6.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.9% since the previous year. Approximately 26.1% of Utah residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Utah include activities related to credit intermediation, nonferrous metal production, and sporting goods manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Utah State Government, the Hogle Zoo, and the Utah Museum of Natural History.