"daily activities," "recreational activities," and "patient care" aren't the only skills we found activities directors list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of activities director responsibilities that we found, including:
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 business degrees or rehabilitation science degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for activities directors include psychology degrees or recreation management degrees.
Once you're ready to become an activities director, you should explore the companies that typically hire activities directors. According to activities director resumes that we searched through, activities directors are hired the most by Consulate Health Care, Aegis, and Life Care Centers of America. Currently, Consulate Health Care has 12 activities director job openings, while there are 9 at Aegis and 9 at Life Care Centers of America.
Since salary is important to some activities directors, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Pfizer, Fairview Health Services, and Sierra Club. If you were to take a closer look at Pfizer, you'd find that the average activities director salary is $98,893. Then at Fairview Health Services, activities directors receive an average salary of $69,087, while the salary at Sierra Club is $65,598.
The industries that activities directors fulfill the most roles in are the health care and hospitality industries. But the highest activities director annual salary is in the manufacturing industry, averaging $45,151. In the non profits industry they make $43,038 and average about $38,203 in the hospitality industry. In conclusion, activities directors who work in the manufacturing industry earn a 21.6% higher salary than activities directors in the health care industry.