Recreation Workers

General Information

Description

Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit53.31%
  2. Private, not for profit18.15%
  3. Self-employed14.47%
  4. State and local government13.19%
  5. Federal government0.75%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
  • Civic and Social Organizations

Job Outlook

Employment of recreation workers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As more emphasis is placed on the importance of lifelong well-being, more recreation workers will be needed to work with children and adults in a variety of settings. Additional recreation workers are expected to be needed to work for fitness and recreational sports centers, youth centers, sports clubs, and other for- and not-for-profit organizations because some parks and recreation departments may seek to cut costs by contracting out the services of activity specialists. In addition, as the baby-boom generation grows older, there will be more demand for recreation workers to work with older clients, especially in continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$24,390

Military salary*

$45,414

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State-by-state Salary

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$49,580
$17,980
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 61%
  • High school 25%
  • Associate's degree 8%
  • Post-secondary certificate 3%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Customer and Personal Service

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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