Shortage of RTs?
He stated that: "over the course of this past several months I have heard from about six employers that they are having a difficult time finding someone to take their recreation therapist or activity director job opening. They say that they have posted job openings at the Therapeutic Recreation Directory, Monster.com, local newspapers, etc and was not able to find a suitable candidate and/or very few people applied for the job.
"There is a state psych hospital near where I work that has had extreme difficulty in finding a TR for their rec therapy position for several years!
"I don’t know what the real answer is. I can only speculate… can it be that the position is in a very rural area and no one wants to relocate to such a setting? Can it be that people are “picky” with the types of jobs or places they are willing to work? Are people not willing to “pay the dues” and work in lower paying or less desirable jobs? Are the pay scale too low? With more colleges dropping TR programs are there not enough TRs out there?
I also hear from others having gone through many interviews and not being selected."
I wonder just what is going on with the situation with jobs. There are fewer and fewer universities producing RTs. Perhaps this enters into the shortage. Also, I know that at many universities students take undergraduate degrees in RT and then go on for a master's degree in PT or OT instead of entering the field.
As for those who interviewed and were not selected, perhaps they should look at the quality of professional preparation they have received. Too many universities simply have weak programs that do not adequately prepare their graduates to do clinical work.