FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Become An Activity Specialist

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As An Activity Specialist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $55,964

    Average Salary

What Does An Activity Specialist Do

Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. These therapists use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and games; aquatics; and community outings to help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Duties

Recreational therapists typically do the following:

  • Assess patients’ needs through observations, medical records, tests, and discussions with other healthcare professionals, patients’ families, and patients
  • Create treatment plans and programs that meet patients’ needs and interests
  • Plan and implement interventions to prevent harm to a patient
  • Engage patients in therapeutic activities, such as exercise, games, and community outings
  • Help patients learn social skills needed to become or remain independent
  • Teach patients about ways to cope with stress, anxiety, or depression
  • Record and analyze a patient’s progress
  • Evaluate interventions for effectiveness

Recreational therapists help people reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; recover basic physical and mental abilities; build confidence; and socialize effectively.

They use activities, such as arts and crafts, dance, or sports, to help their patients. For example, a recreational therapist can help a patient who is paralyzed on one side of their body by teaching them to adapt activities, like casting a fishing rod or swinging a golf club, by using their functional side.

Therapists often treat specific groups of patients, such as children with cancer. Therapists may use activities such as kayaking or a ropes course to teach patients to stay active and to form social relationships.

Recreational therapists help people with disabilities integrate into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities. For example, therapists may teach a patient who uses a wheelchair how to use public transportation.

Therapists may also provide interventions for patients who need help developing social and coping skills. For example, a therapist may use a therapy dog to help patients manage their depression or anxiety.

Therapists may work with physicians or surgeons, registered nurses, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, teachers, or occupational therapists. Recreational therapists are different from recreation workers, who organize recreational activities primarily for enjoyment.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become An Activity Specialist

Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Many employers require therapists to be certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Education

Recreational therapists typically need a bachelor’s degree, usually in recreational therapy or a related field such as recreation and leisure studies.

Recreational therapy programs include courses in assessment, human anatomy, medical and psychiatric terminology, characteristics of illnesses and disabilities, and the use of assistive devices and technology. Bachelor’s degree programs usually include an internship.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers, particularly those in hospitals and other clinical settings, prefer to hire certified recreational therapists. The NCTRC offers the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential. Candidates may qualify for certification through one of two pathways. The first option requires a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy, which includes the completion of a supervised internship of at least 560 hours, and passing an exam. The second option also requires passing an exam, but allows candidates with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated subject to qualify with a combination of education and work experience. Therapists must take continuing education classes to maintain certification.

NCTRC also offers specialty certification in five areas of practice: behavioral health, community inclusion services, developmental disabilities, geriatrics, and physical medicine/rehabilitation. Therapists also may earn certificates from other organizations to show proficiency in specific therapy techniques, such as aquatic therapy or aromatherapy.

As of 2014, only New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Utah required recreational therapists to obtain a license. Requirements vary by state. For specific requirements, contact the state’s medical board.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Recreational therapists should be kind and empathetic when providing support to patients and their families. They may deal with patients who are in pain or under emotional stress.

Leadership skills. Recreational therapists must be able to plan, develop, and implement intervention programs in an effective manner. They must be engaging and able to motivate patients to participate in a variety of therapeutic activities.

Listening skills. Recreational therapists must listen carefully to a patient’s problems and concerns. They can then determine an appropriate course of treatment for that patient.

Patience. Recreational therapists may work with some patients who require more time and special attention than others.

Resourcefulness. Recreational therapists customize treatment plans for patients. They must be both creative and flexible when adapting activities or programs to each patient’s needs.

Speaking skills. Recreational therapists need to communicate well with their patients. They must give clear directions during activities or instructions on healthy coping techniques.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as an Activity Specialist?

Activity Specialist Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Activity Specialist Career Paths

Activity Specialist

Do you work as an Activity Specialist?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as an Activity Specialist?

Activity Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

60.0%

Male

38.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

20.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.5%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.6%

French

7.2%

Portuguese

4.8%

Chinese

4.0%

Hindi

2.4%

German

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Cantonese

1.6%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Bengali

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Lingala

0.8%

Arabic

0.8%
Show More

Activity Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Austin Community College

8.2%

Texas State University

6.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.0%

Hofstra University

6.0%

Illinois State University

5.4%

New York University

4.9%

El Paso Community College

4.9%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.9%

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

4.9%

LIU Brooklyn

4.3%

Walden University

4.3%

State University of New York Albany

4.3%

University of Texas at El Paso

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

University of North Texas

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

Syracuse University

3.3%
Show More
Majors

Business

17.1%

Psychology

10.1%

Criminal Justice

6.7%

Kinesiology

6.6%

Education

6.0%

Rehabilitation Science

5.6%

Communication

5.3%

Social Work

5.1%

Nursing

4.0%

Marketing

4.0%

Sociology

3.7%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

English

3.3%

Human Services

3.3%

Management

2.7%

Recreation Management

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

44.0%

Other

21.6%

Masters

17.5%

Associate

10.0%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.6%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Real Activity Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Activity Specialist Nysarc; Inc., NYC Chapter New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $56,680
Assistant Activity Specialist Nysarc; Inc., NYC Chapter New York, NY Nov 29, 2016 $53,872
Activities Specialist North Shore-LIJ Health System Glen, NY Jul 21, 2010 $41,582
Membership Activities Specialist Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 31, 2011 $35,350
Social & Community Activity Specialist Better Home Living, LLC Bentonville, AR Oct 01, 2009 $33,738
Social & Community Activity Specialist Better Home Living LLC Bentonville, AR Oct 01, 2009 $33,738
Tennis Activities Specialist Ulian Krinsky School of Tennis King of Prussia, PA Oct 01, 2010 $31,873
Tennis Activities Specialist Julian Krinsky School of Tennis King of Prussia, PA Aug 30, 2010 $31,873

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

How Would You Rate The Salary Of an Activity Specialist?

Have you worked as an Activity Specialist? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as an Activity Specialist.

Top Skills for An Activity Specialist

Show More

  1. Customer Service
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Recreational Activities
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated and facilitated educational, recreational, and skill building activities for Plano ISD students Customer Service Representative / Cashier
  • Produced weekly thematic-based lesson plans.
  • Developed classroom environment conducive to engage students in their educational endeavors while providing recreational activities.
  • Supervised staff instructors in adult education programs and responsible for job development and placement.
  • Coordinated special events and implemented opportunities to grow profitability while enhancing brand awareness and increasing traffic in company owned retail stores.

How Would You Rate Working As an Activity Specialist?

Are you working as an Activity Specialist? Help us rate Activity Specialist as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Top 10 Best States for Activity Specialists

  1. Alaska
  2. West Virginia
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Minnesota
  5. Michigan
  6. Nevada
  7. California
  8. New Jersey
  9. Connecticut
  10. New York
  • (22 jobs)
  • (44 jobs)
  • (73 jobs)
  • (246 jobs)
  • (347 jobs)
  • (53 jobs)
  • (844 jobs)
  • (240 jobs)
  • (88 jobs)
  • (457 jobs)

Top Activity Specialist Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top Activity Specialist Employers

Activity Specialist Videos

A Day in the Life of an ICU Nurse - Rook

Evidence for Electrical Comet Activity | Space News

Career Advice on becoming a Management Accountant by Matthew R (Full Version)

Related to your recently viewed content