Most activities directors list "patients," "rehabilitation," and "resident care" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important activities director responsibilities here:
See the full list of activities director skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an activities director. We found that 56.6% of activities directors have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 7.7% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most activities directors have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every six activities directors were not college graduates.
Those activities directors who do attend college, typically earn either a business degree or a rehabilitation science degree. Less commonly earned degrees for activities directors include a psychology degree or a recreation management degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become an activities director. We've found that most activities director resumes include experience from Sunrise Senior Living Management Inc, HCR ManorCare, and American Senior Benefits. Of recent, Sunrise Senior Living Management Inc had 20 positions open for activities directors. Meanwhile, there are 19 job openings at HCR ManorCare and 14 at American Senior Benefits.
If you're interested in companies where activities directors make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Microsoft, FTI Consulting, and Audible. We found that at Microsoft, the average activities director salary is $127,596. Whereas at FTI Consulting, activities directors earn roughly $125,784. And at Audible, they make an average salary of $98,074.
View more details on activities director salaries across the United States.
We also looked into companies who hire activities directors from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Boys & Girls Clubs of America, University Of Minnesota Physicians, and Alachua County Public Schools.
In general, activities directors fulfill roles in the health care and non profits industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the activities director annual salary is the highest in the health care industry with $41,547 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the real estate and manufacturing industries pay $40,769 and $39,887 respectively. This means that activities directors who are employed in the health care industry make 26.6% more than activities directors who work in the government Industry.