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Working As A Group Leader

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $106,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Group Leader Do

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

Duties

Recreation workers typically do the following:

  • Plan, organize, and lead activities for groups or recreation centers
  • Explain the rules of activities and instruct participants at a variety of skill levels
  • Enforce safety rules to prevent injury
  • Modify activities to suit the needs of specific groups, such as seniors
  • Administer basic first aid if needed
  • Organize and set up the equipment that is used in recreational activities

The specific responsibilities of recreation workers vary greatly with their job title, their level of training, and the state they work in. The following are examples of types of recreation workers:

Activity specialists provide instruction and coaching primarily in one activity, such as dance, swimming, or tennis. These workers may work in camps, aquatic centers, or anywhere else where there is interest in a single activity.

Recreation leaders are responsible for a recreation program’s daily operation. They primarily organize and direct participants, schedule the use of facilities, set up and keep records of equipment use, and ensure that recreation facilities and equipment are used and maintained properly. They may lead classes and provide instruction in a recreational activity, such as kayaking or golf.

Camp counselors work directly with youths in residential (overnight) or day camps. They often lead and instruct children and teenagers in a variety of outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking, horseback riding, or nature study. Counselors also provide guidance and supervise daily living and socialization. Some counselors may specialize in a specific activity, such as archery, boating, music, drama, or gymnastics.

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How To Become A Group Leader

Education and training requirements for recreation workers vary with the type of job, but workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent and receive on-the-job training.

Education and Training

Recreation workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many receive on-the-job training that typically lasts less than a month.

Entry-level educational requirements vary with the type of position. For example, an activity leader position working with the elderly will have different requirements than a position as a summer camp counselor working with children.

Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree or college coursework. In 2014, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions, a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), accredited 80 bachelor’s degree programs in recreation or leisure studies. A bachelor’s degree in other subjects, such as liberal arts or public administration, may also qualify applicants for some positions.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Recreation workers must be able to communicate well. They often work with large groups of people and need to give clear instructions, motivate participants, and maintain order and safety.

Flexibility. Recreation workers must be flexible when planning activities. They must be able to adapt plans to suit changing environmental conditions and participants’ needs.

Leadership skills. Recreation workers should be able to lead both large and small groups. They often lead activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Physical strength. Recreation workers need to be physically fit. Their job may require a considerable amount of movement because they often demonstrate activities while explaining them.

Problem-solving skills. Recreation workers need strong problem-solving skills. They must be able to create and reinvent activities and programs for all types of participants.

For recreation workers who generally work part time, such as camp counselors and activity specialists, certain qualities may be more important than education. These qualities include a worker’s experience leading activities, the ability to work well with children or the elderly, and the ability to ensure the safety of participants.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The NRPA offers four certifications for recreation workers:

  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

Applicants may qualify for certification with different combinations of education and work experience. They also must take continuing education classes to maintain their certification.

The American Camp Association offers four certificates for various levels of camp staff, from Entry-Level Staff Certificate to Camp Director Certificate. Individuals who complete online courses may show their advanced level of knowledge of core competencies.

Some recreation jobs require other kinds of certification. For example, a lifesaving certificate is often required for teaching or coaching water-related activities. These certifications are available from organizations such as the YMCA or the American Red Cross. Specific requirements vary by job and employer.

Advancement

As workers gain experience, they may be promoted to positions with greater responsibilities. Recreation workers with experience and managerial skills may advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Eventually, they may become directors of a recreation department or may start their own recreation company.

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Group Leader Demographics

Gender

Male

43.7%

Female

43.0%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.8%

French

7.9%

Chinese

6.7%

Mandarin

5.5%

German

3.4%

Korean

3.0%

Italian

2.7%

Japanese

2.4%

Portuguese

2.2%

Russian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Hindi

0.9%

Hebrew

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Tagalog

0.6%

Greek

0.4%

Urdu

0.4%

Persian

0.4%

Polish

0.4%
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Group Leader Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.2%

Liberty University

8.0%

Pennsylvania State University

6.0%

New York University

5.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.2%

Michigan State University

4.7%

Monroe College

4.7%

University of Kansas

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

Ashford University

4.4%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

4.3%

Temple University

3.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.8%

The Academy

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.6%

Purdue University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

22.3%

Psychology

11.1%

Criminal Justice

6.1%

Social Work

5.3%

Communication

4.5%

Education

4.4%

Accounting

4.0%

Management

3.8%

Elementary Education

3.7%

Biology

3.5%

Nursing

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

Early Childhood Education

3.4%

Sociology

3.3%

Chemistry

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Computer Science

3.0%

English

3.0%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Finance

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.7%

Other

21.6%

Masters

17.6%

Associate

9.8%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

3.2%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.3%
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$61,000
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Best Paying Company
The Dow Chemical Company
Highest Paying City
Fridley, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Group Leader make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Group Leader in the United States is $107,073 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $185,000.

Real Group Leader Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Group Strategy Lead R/Ga Media Group, Inc. New York, NY Aug 18, 2016 $225,000 -
$250,000
Group Leader Weisscomm Group Limited Austin, TX Sep 19, 2015 $210,000
Applications Group Lead EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Dec 16, 2015 $174,574
Workstation Support Group Lead (IT Support Manager) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Jan 07, 2016 $161,508 -
$204,456
Group Leader Spectroscopy Group Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Aug 06, 2016 $152,131
Group Leader Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2016 $150,000
Group Leader Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 10, 2016 $150,000
Group Leader, Formulation Development Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC Piscataway, NJ May 02, 2016 $144,310
Group Head II-Stress Analysis Lead Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Jan 19, 2016 $138,445
Group Head II-Stress Analysis Lead Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Jul 20, 2015 $138,445
R&D Group Leader-Process Development Afton Chemical Corporation Richmond, VA Jan 03, 2016 $135,800
Group Leader Advanced Data and Workflow Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Nov 30, 2015 $135,000
Application Group Lead EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Jun 02, 2015 $131,082 -
$137,400
Group Leader, Analytical Development Cambrex Charles City, Inc. Charles City, IA Aug 21, 2016 $122,824
Group Leader R&D (Amino Resins Group-Core Growth) Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC Decatur, GA Sep 16, 2015 $109,866
Group Leader, Surface Conditioning Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc. Northborough, MA May 27, 2015 $109,400 -
$129,400
Development Group Leader Amdocs Inc. Seattle, WA Jul 21, 2015 $106,700 -
$108,300
Infra Group Leader Amdocs Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 26, 2015 $104,500
Group Leader Novel Laboratories, Inc. Somerset, NJ Sep 14, 2015 $102,939 -
$110,000
Development Group Leader Amdocs Inc. Richardson, TX Jan 14, 2015 $101,000
Group Leader Midwest, Inc. Fairport, NY Jun 07, 2016 $100,568
Group Leader Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 09, 2016 $100,000
Testing Group Leader Amdocs Inc. Richardson, TX Aug 06, 2015 $90,365
Group Leader/Scientist Xenobiotic Laboratories Inc. A Div of WUXI Plainsboro, NJ Apr 15, 2015 $90,000
Group Leader/Chemist Xenobiotic Laboratories Inc. A Div of WUXI Plainsboro, NJ Apr 15, 2015 $90,000
Silicones Research Group Leader Gelest, Inc. Morrisville, PA Oct 01, 2015 $89,800
Infra Group Leader Amdocs Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Feb 23, 2015 $89,773
Infra Group Leader Amdocs Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Aug 28, 2015 $89,773
Software Group Lead Pelco Clovis, CA Aug 12, 2015 $89,586 -
$111,500
Testing Group Leader Amdocs, Inc. Overland Park, KS Sep 03, 2015 $86,500

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Top Skills for A Group Leader

  1. Homework Assignments
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Lesson Plans
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  • Worked with children on difficult homework assignments while encouraging and mentoring their self-confidence.
  • Ensured that housekeeping and safety procedures were followed.
  • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Worked with Infants to stimulate mobility, social skills, and introduced them to a child care/preschool setting.
  • Lead environmental education lessons for small groups of elementary-aged students in Brooklyn.

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