Recreation Workers

Recreation workers help groups and individuals enjoy and use their leisure time constructively. They organize and administer physical, social, and cultural programs. They also operate recreational facilities and study recreation needs. There are approximately 317,310 recreation workers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Activity Specialists, Camp Counselors, Directors of Recreation and Parks, Recreation Aides, Recreation Center Directors, Recreation Leaders, Recreation Supervisors, Social Directors
Duties Plan and organize recreational activities for people of all ages
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience On-the-job training for entry-level positions; management positions require several years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Activity Specialist
  • Recreation Leader
  • Recreation Aide

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