"cpr," "first-aid," and "water safety" aren't the only skills we found pool lifeguards list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of pool lifeguard responsibilities that we found, including:
See the full list of pool lifeguard skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a pool lifeguard. We found that 65.3% of pool lifeguards have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 3.6% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most pool lifeguards 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 seven pool lifeguards were not college graduates.
Those pool lifeguards who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or psychology degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for pool lifeguards include kinesiology degrees or criminal justice degrees.
Once you're ready to become a pool lifeguard, you should explore the companies that typically hire pool lifeguards. According to pool lifeguard resumes that we searched through, pool lifeguards are hired the most by Ymca Of Greater Seattle, Approved Cash, and MGM Resorts International. Currently, Ymca Of Greater Seattle has 17 pool lifeguard job openings, while there are 7 at Approved Cash and 4 at MGM Resorts International.
If you're interested in companies where pool lifeguards make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Mt. Hood Community College, State of Connecticut, and Town of Davie, FL. We found that at Mt. Hood Community College, the average pool lifeguard salary is $34,405. Whereas at State of Connecticut, pool lifeguards earn roughly $33,849. And at Town of Davie, FL, they make an average salary of $32,245.
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We also looked into companies who hire pool lifeguards from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Ymca, CampCo, and American Pool.
In general, pool lifeguards fulfill roles in the hospitality and government industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the pool lifeguard annual salary is the highest in the education industry with $29,478 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the government and health care industries pay $28,985 and $27,831 respectively. This means that pool lifeguards who are employed in the education industry make 4.2% more than pool lifeguards who work in the hospitality Industry.