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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Recreational Therapists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Recreational Therapists jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 40 $46,410
Birmingham 40 $46,410
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 450 $55,240
Mesa 450 $55,240
Phoenix 450 $55,240
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 460 $60,050
Long Beach 460 $60,050
Anaheim 460 $60,050
Riverside 220 $74,240
San Bernardino 220 $74,240
Ontario 220 $74,240
Oakland 130 $71,120
San Francisco 130 $71,120
Hayward 130 $71,120
Carlsbad 110 $53,110
San Diego 110 $53,110
Arden 100 $66,020
Roseville 100 $66,020
Arcade 100 $66,020
Sacramento 100 $66,020
Sunnyvale 90 $61,690
Santa Clara 90 $61,690
San Jose 90 $61,690
San Luis Obispo 80 $71,220
Arroyo Grande 80 $71,220
Paso Robles 80 $71,220
Napa 80 $73,040
Stockton 80 $75,590
Lodi 80 $75,590
Vallejo 60 $75,040
Fairfield 60 $75,040
Fresno 50 $71,650
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 50 $57,540
Aurora 50 $57,540
Denver 50 $57,540
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 220 $53,090
West Hartford 220 $53,090
Hartford 220 $53,090
Stamford 110 $46,490
Norwalk 110 $46,490
Bridgeport 110 $46,490
New Haven 50 $57,390
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 240 $60,450
West Palm Beach 240 $60,450
Miami 240 $60,450
Jacksonville 80 $46,510
St. Petersburg 80 $52,680
Clearwater 80 $52,680
Tampa 80 $52,680
Orlando 40 $45,240
Kissimmee 40 $45,240
Sanford 40 $45,240
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 230 $45,160
Sandy Springs 230 $45,160
Atlanta 230 $45,160
Savannah 60 $38,750
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 50 $53,540
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 40 $44,230
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 40 $34,180
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 90 $33,860
Carmel 90 $33,860
Indianapolis 90 $33,860
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 40 $40,660
Des Moines 40 $40,660
Iowa City 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 40 $23,720
Topeka 30 $40,710
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 60 $40,180
Alexandria 40 $37,300
Metairie 40 $46,360
New Orleans 40 $46,360
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 190 $45,240
Columbia 190 $45,240
Baltimore 190 $45,240
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 260 $49,930
Warren 260 $49,930
Detroit 260 $49,930
Ann Arbor 70 $49,490
Wyoming 60 $46,460
Grand Rapids 60 $46,460
Portage 30 $53,160
Kalamazoo 30 $53,160
East Lansing 30 $56,990
Lansing 30 $56,990
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 50 $43,980
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 110 $32,550
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 30 $42,490
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 80 $59,990
Henderson 80 $59,990
Las Vegas 80 $59,990
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 120 $48,130
Utica 70 $47,410
Rome 70 $47,410
Cheektowaga 70 $55,700
Niagara Falls 70 $55,700
Buffalo 70 $55,700
Troy 60 $50,840
Albany 60 $50,840
Schenectady 60 $50,840
Binghamton 40 $52,890
Syracuse 40 $53,260
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Chapel Hill 40 $51,740
Durham 40 $51,740
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 90 $50,220
Elyria 90 $50,220
Columbus 70 $47,220
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 70 $40,950
Tulsa 50 $23,990
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 130 $42,720
Wilkes 80 $51,340
Scranton 80 $51,340
Barre 80 $51,340
Hazleton 80 $51,340
Lancaster 60 $30,700
Harrisburg 50 $41,220
Carlisle 50 $41,220
Reading 40 N/A
Lebanon 40 $32,700
Altoona 30 $65,920
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 80 $26,370
Carolina 80 $26,370
San Juan 80 $26,370
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 60 $43,100
Mauldin 50 $39,370
Greenville 50 $39,370
Anderson 50 $39,370
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 120 $44,330
Murfreesboro 120 $44,330
Davidson 120 $44,330
Nashville 120 $44,330
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 230 $48,090
Sugar Land 230 $48,090
Houston 230 $48,090
Arlington 190 $43,530
Fort Worth 190 $43,530
Dallas 190 $43,530
Austin 90 $53,580
Round Rock 90 $53,580
New Braunfels 60 $40,040
San Antonio 60 $40,040
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 140 $45,230
Orem 130 $37,240
Provo 130 $37,240
Clearfield 60 $51,130
Ogden 60 $51,130
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 80 $43,800
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 130 $55,940
Bellevue 130 $55,940
Tacoma 130 $55,940
Spokane Valley 40 $47,530
Spokane 40 $47,530
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 90 $38,040
Waukesha 90 $38,040
Milwaukee 90 $38,040
Madison 50 $39,420

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Recreational Therapists

To find out more about building a career as Recreational Therapists, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Recreational Therapists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Nursing And Residential Care 8,150 36% $33,940
Hospital 7,880 35% $41,690
Government 4,130 18% $44,500
Social Service 1,400 6% $30,980
Medical Office 390 1% $42,470
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Programs
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab Program
  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
Programs
  • Rehabilitation Sciences (Master of Science) - Online
  • Rehabilitation Sciences (Certificate) - Online
  • Sport Psychology (Master of Science) - Online
  • For the 12th consecutive year, Cal U was named one for the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review 
  • Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
  • Quality Online courses at Cal U have the same objectives, content and learning outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.
  • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost. Student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1
  • CAL U online programs complete an annual assessment of student learning to ensure outcomes are focused on your success in career entry, advancement or enhancement!
Programs
  • AA - Sports and Rehabilitation Therapy
Fremont College traces its roots to Platt College’s founding in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1879, and the Southern California branch campus was established in 1986. The most significant evolution of the College started when its third CEO, Dr. Sabrina Kay, assumed leadership in 2007. Fremont College became an innovative center adopting the framework of Work-Based Learning Leadership at the Wharton School and Dr. Kay’s thesis on improved learning through practice and collaboration.
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Los Angeles
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Programs
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Programs
  • Degree - Respiratory Therapy
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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Ontario
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Programs
  • Respiratory Therapy (AS)
  • Offers several scholarship opportunities for students who qualify.
  • Laptop computers are issued to each student at the beginning of their program.
  • Provides programs in health care, business, information technology, and graphic arts.
  • Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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San Diego
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Programs
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Offers programs in nursing, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, dental assisting, and more.
  • Six Campuses across Northern CA: Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, S. San Francisco, Hayward, and Concord.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
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Fremont
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Programs
  • Dental Assistant (10-Month Diploma Program)
  • Dedicated to providing career training since 1975.
  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
  • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
  • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
  • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
Programs
  • Phlebotomy Technician I
  • Offers health care and business programs that prepare students to enter the working field in as little as 8-16 weeks.
  • Provides morning, afternoon, and evening classes for most courses.
  • Offers career placement assistance to help students with their resumes, job-searching techniques, interview practice, and more.
  • Engages students through hands-on learning in labs, internships, and externships.  
  • Gives students the option to break up tuition costs into interest-free payments over the course of their education.  
     
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Riverside
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We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Recreational Therapists.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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