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Working As An Unit 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

  • $73,578

    Average Salary

What Does An Unit 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 An Unit 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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Unit Leader Career Paths

Unit Leader
Account Manager Operations Manager Assistant Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Professor Chairperson
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Director Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Director General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director Operations Director Operations Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Site Coordinator Youth Director
Children's Ministries Director
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Account Executive Admissions Representative
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Program Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Home Health Aid Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Maintenance Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Program Director
Unit Director
5 Yearsyrs
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Unit Leader Demographics

Gender

Female

58.5%

Male

40.1%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.0%

French

9.3%

Chinese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Arabic

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Hebrew

1.7%

Russian

0.8%

Swahili

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Swedish

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%
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Unit Leader Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.6%

Liberty University

9.7%

San Diego State University

5.3%

Wayne State University

4.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.9%

Central Michigan University

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Capella University

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Truman State University

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.9%

Boston University

3.9%

Sam Houston State University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%
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Majors

Business

23.2%

Nursing

9.1%

Psychology

8.7%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Management

5.7%

Social Work

4.1%

Communication

4.1%

Education

3.8%

Elementary Education

3.7%

Accounting

3.6%

English

3.1%

Finance

3.0%

Biology

2.9%

Political Science

2.9%

General Studies

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Sociology

2.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

22.0%

Other

16.9%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for An Unit Leader

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  1. Counselors
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Customer Service Representatives
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Planned and organized programs and activities directed and supervised counselors.
  • Ensured adherence to safety procedures.
  • Coordinated work activities, and provided direct supervision to a specialized work unit consisting of call center and customer service representatives.
  • Supervised enlisted facility management, custodial and grounds maintenance staff.
  • Supervised and supported 20 to 25 staff members as they ensure that 32 campers are safe, respected and loved.

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