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I was recently asked: Is Recreational Therapy a dwindling profession?
The answer is hidden in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
What is the Occupational Outlook Handbook?
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a comprehensive resource published by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It provides information about various occupations, including job descriptions, required education and training, earnings potential, job outlook, and related data.
The OOH serves as a valuable tool for job seekers, students, career counselors, and anyone interested in exploring different career paths. It covers a wide range of occupations, from traditional professions like doctors and teachers to emerging fields like data science and renewable energy.
The handbook provides detailed information about the nature of work in each occupation, typical duties and responsibilities, work environment, required education and training, necessary skills and qualifications, and the median pay for each occupation. It also offers insights into the job outlook, including projected employment growth or decline, potential job prospects, and factors influencing the employment trends in a particular field.
Additionally, the OOH provides data on industries and occupational groups, offering an overview of employment statistics and trends at a broader level. It may also include information on related occupations and alternate career paths within a particular field.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is widely used as a reliable resource for career planning, job market research, and educational decision-making. It helps individuals gain a better understanding of various occupations and make informed choices regarding their career paths based on current and projected labor market conditions.
What was the past growth of Recreational Therapy?
According to research by the U.S. Dept. of Labor,
The profession grew by 13% from 2010 to 2020.
The profession is expected to grow at 4% from 2021 to 2030.