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Working As A Recreation Worker

  • 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

  • $63,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Recreation Worker 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 Recreation Worker

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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Recreation Worker Career Paths

Recreation Worker
Warehouse Worker Technician Team Leader
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Specialist Shift Leader
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Specialist Administrator
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Specialist Operation Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Electrician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Electrician Owner
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Worker Electrician Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Instructor Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Operations Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Consultant Principal
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Consultant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Case Manager
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Administrator Nurse Manager
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Nurse Manager
Unit Director
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Senior Technician Specialist Activities Director
Director Of Therapeutic Recreation
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$63,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$150,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Rock Island, IL
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Recreation Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Recreation Worker in the United States is $63,621 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $150,000.

Real Recreation Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Recreation Workers U.K. Elite Soccer, Inc. Cedarville, NJ Apr 16, 2012 $50,398
Recreational Workers Massachusetts Premier Soccer, LLC Waltham, MA Oct 23, 2009 $45,000
Recreational Workers Massachusetts Premier Soccer, LLC Waltham, MA Jan 14, 2010 $40,000
Recreation Workers YMCA of San Diego County Imperial Beach, CA Jul 25, 2012 $39,000
Recreation Workers Bartlett Park District Bartlett, IL Feb 24, 2012 $37,000 -
$41,000
Recreation Workers Downtown United Soccer Club New York, NY Jul 07, 2008 $36,816
Soccer Recreation Worker SAJE Enterprises East Brunswick, NJ Mar 09, 2016 $35,000
Recreation Workers Titus Sports Academy, LLC Tallahassee, FL Feb 23, 2010 $35,000
Recreation Workers The Janet Pomeroy Center San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2012 $34,133
Recreation Worker Southwoods Recreation Inc. NY Oct 01, 2012 $32,000
Recreation Worker Point O'Pines Corporation Brant, NY Dec 28, 2009 $31,000
Recreation Worker Challenger Sports Corp. MD Mar 24, 2014 $30,992
Recreation Workers Green Chimneys Children's Services Brewster, NY Feb 25, 2010 $30,470 -
$31,305
Recreation Workers Camphill Special School PA Mar 12, 2009 $30,000
Recreation Worker Camp Tall Timbers Inc. Urbana, MD Feb 01, 2010 $30,000
Recreation Workers Horizons, Inc. South Windham, CT Feb 24, 2011 $29,993
Recreation Workers Lebanon Valley Family YMCA Lebanon, PA Jul 19, 2012 $29,500 -
$35,000
Recreation Worker Family Life Center Petaluma, CA Feb 04, 2011 $28,800
Recreation Worker III Clemson University Aiken, SC Apr 01, 2013 $28,000
Recreation Workers Young Again Day Care Ctr Inc. DBA CA Jan 29, 2008 $22,227
Recreation Worker Golden Living Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 11, 2010 $21,141
Recreation Workers Camp Kennybrook Ardsley, NY Feb 03, 2009 $20,557

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Top Skills for A Recreation Worker

  1. Recreational Activities
  2. Recreational Facilities
  3. Daily Operations
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  • Provided customer service at Oversaw and encouraged visitor participation in recreational activities.
  • Enforced rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • Manage the daily operations of recreational activities to ensure efficiency.
  • Work with other employees to greet new arrivals and their parents to the facilities.
  • Greeted new arrivals to activities, introduced them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraged participation.

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Top 10 Best States for Recreation Workers

  1. Minnesota
  2. Washington
  3. North Dakota
  4. Illinois
  5. Alaska
  6. New York
  7. South Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. District of Columbia
  10. Nebraska
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Recreation Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

44.4%

Female

40.3%

Unknown

15.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.6%

French

6.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

German

3.2%

Polish

3.2%

Italian

3.2%
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Recreation Worker Education

Schools

Pima Community College

27.0%

University of Arizona

12.3%

University of Phoenix

6.6%

Ohio University -

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.3%

Grambling State University

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Boise State University

3.3%

Gateway Community College

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Clinton Community College

3.3%

East Tennessee State University

3.3%

Central Michigan University

3.3%

Rosemont College

2.5%

State University of New York College at Buffalo

2.5%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2.5%

Pima Medical Institute-Online

2.5%

Monroe College

2.5%
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Majors

Business

14.9%

Criminal Justice

11.4%

Psychology

9.0%

General Studies

6.9%

Kinesiology

6.6%

Social Work

6.4%

Nursing

5.3%

Liberal Arts

4.8%

Medical Assisting Services

4.8%

Recreation Management

4.0%

Communication

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Health Education

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Biology

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%

Elementary Education

2.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%

Cosmetology

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.9%

Other

31.6%

Associate

12.2%

Masters

9.2%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

1.5%

License

0.9%

Doctorate

0.5%
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