Frequently Asked Questions
Is TR an indoor or outdoor job?
How do TR specialists help people?
Who do TR specialists work with?
What majors easily transition to TR?
What are the course requirements for the major?
What can I do to prepare for a TR career?
How much money can a TR specialist expect to earn?
What is the NCTRC?
What are my resources for a TR internship?
TR professionals can work in both settings including nursing facilities, hospitals, adult day care, inpatient/outpatient facilities, schools, wilderness programs, community centers, and recreational agencies. TR professionals provide activities in both indoor and outdoor settings to help the patients with whom they work.
They use activities to help their patients maintain physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Various activities are implemented to help reduce depression, anxiety, stress, recover basic motor function, reasoning abilities, build confidence, socialize effectively, and help with independence to lessen the effects of disabilities or debilitating situations.
TR specialists work with people with physical, developmental, and mental disabilities. Autism, physical handicaps, depression, anxiety are just some disabilities you may work with. Also, TR specialists can work with other populations including those that are incarcerated, in foster care, drug rehabilitation, youth who are at risk, senior citizens, and so on.
Nursing, recreation management, health science, biology, social sciences, and psychology are some majors that will transition nicely into TR.
Recommended courses for Recreation Majors with an emphasis in TR include:
RM 370 Therapeutic Recreation
RM 371 Therapeutic Recreation Theories (Starts Winter 2010)
RM 471 Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation
RM 472 Program Dynamics in Therapeutic Recreation
RM 473 Issues in the Administration of Therapeutic Recreation
BIO 264 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 265 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
PSYCH 111 General Psychology
PSYCH 342 Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH 201 Developmental Psychology Life Span
To prepare for a career in TR, you can receive a four-year degree in Recreation Management, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. You can receive specialization instruction in the area of interest including art therapy, drama therapy, horticulture therapy, etc. You can also gain experience by doing internships and gain versatility for any work opportunities that may arise.
As of 2006, 50% of TR specialists earned between $26,780 and $44,850 a year. Starting pay is generally between $16 and $34 an hour.
The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification provides requirements for TR specialists to receive a national certificate allowing them to practice. Receiving certification from the NCTRC means you have become one of the most specialized therapists in your area.
There are certain requirements for a Therapeutic Recreation internship to quality for the certification. Click Here for more information.