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Recreation Workers

Recreation Workers
Quick Facts : Recreation Workers*
2010 Median Pay$22,260
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012339,100
Job Outlook19% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change64,300


Recreation workers design and lead leisure activities for groups in volunteer agencies or recreation facilities, such as playgrounds, parks, camps and senior centers. They may lead activities in areas such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, and camping.

What Recreation Workers Do

  • Plan and organize activities for groups or recreation centers
  • Explain the rules of the activities and instruct participants
  • Enforce safety rules to prevent injury
  • Modify activities to suit the needs of specific groups, such as seniors
  • Keep the equipment used in activities organized

Work Environment

Recreation workers are employed in a variety of settings, including summer camps, recreation centers, parks, and cruise ships. Many workers spend much of their time outdoors.
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Job Outlook

Employment of recreation workers is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020 as the growth of fitness centers, sports centers, and camps specializing in younger participants is also expected to increase.
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Pay

The average salary of recreation workers was in May 2010 $22,260.
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Recreation Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Recreation Workers

22260

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

29680.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Recreation Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Recreation Workers

18.962

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

19.979913332245566

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Recreation Workers

Although a degree can be helpful, for many part-time recreation workers, such as camp counselors and activity specialists, other qualities are more important. These qualities include a worker's maturity level, experience leading activities, ability to work well with children or the elderly, and ability to ensure safety of participants.
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