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Become A Group Leader

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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

  • $86,431

    Average Salary

What Does A Group Leader Do

A Group Leader is responsible for developing and implementing educational after-school programs for the youth of a community. Their duties include tracking daily attendance, acquiring materials for activities, and ensuring that campers are supervised at all times.

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.


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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38,420 Group Leader jobs

The Salvation Army of The Syracuse Area
Boston, MA
Group Leader

$95,515 Estimated

San Diego, CA
Environmental Compliance Group Leader

$99,147 Estimated

Ventura Foods
Birmingham, AL
Group Leader (Birmingham)

$86,431 Estimated

Police Athletic League
Bronxville, NY
Summer Group Leader

$111,447 Estimated

Friendship Public Charter School
Washington, DC
Extended Day Group Leader

$120,701 Estimated

Challenge Manufacturing
Grand Rapids, MI
Group Leader

$82,941 Estimated

Extend-A-Care for Kids
Austin, TX
Group Leader

$80,521 Estimated

Envigo RMS, Inc.
Livermore, CA
Group Leader

$99,147 Estimated

Saint Cloud, FL
Group Leader - 2nd Shift

$84,542 Estimated

Northside Hospital
Canton, GA
Food Service Group Leader

$89,166 Estimated

Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories
Indianapolis, IN
Chemist / Group Leader

$80,000 Estimated

Lancaster Laboratories
Gettysburg, PA
HPLC Scientist / Group Leader

$90,048 Estimated

Denso International America, Inc.
Battle Creek, MI
Group Leader

$82,941 Estimated

The Salvation Army of The Syracuse Area
Worcester, MA
Kids Feast Group Leader

$95,515 Estimated

Police Athletic League
New York, NY
Summer Group Leader

$111,447 Estimated

Lancaster Laboratories
Winston-Salem, NC
LC Scientist Group Leader

$91,532 Estimated

Tonawanda, NY
Supplemental On-Call Group Leader

$100,162 Estimated

Challenge Manufacturing
Holland, MI
Group Leader

$82,941 Estimated

Lancaster Laboratories
Lancaster, PA
Biochemistry Group Leader

$95,943 Estimated

Lancaster Laboratories
Richmond, VA
Scientist, Group Leader

$96,715 Estimated

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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 -
Group Leader Weisscomm Group Limited Austin, TX Sep 19, 2015 $210,000
Vice President/Group Leader Goldman, Sachs & Co. Salt Lake City, UT Sep 10, 2015 $186,700
Applications Group Lead EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Dec 16, 2015 $174,574
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
Clinical Assistant Professor, Generalist Group Leader East Carolina University Greenville, NC Jan 07, 2016 $145,000
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 Jul 20, 2015 $138,445
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Top Skills for A Group Leader


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Top Group Leader Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Supervise
  3. Weekly Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct employee training in equipment operations or work and safety procedures, or assign employee training to experienced workers.
  • Supervised educational playtime for students to facilitate a deeper comprehension of math and reading.
  • Create weekly lesson plans that fit in with the school learning curriculum.
  • Manage small group teams of 3 to 5 people in a line production setting.
  • Assisted in the planning and implementation of daily activities with the Group Leader.

Top Group Leader Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Group Leader

  1. YMCA
  2. Boys and Girls Club
  3. Target
  4. Police Athletic League
  5. Good Shepherd Services
  6. Quest Diagnostics
  7. Target Distribution Center
  8. Extendacare Home I Nfusion
  9. After School Matters
  10. Extend a Care for Kids
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