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.

Quick Facts
Duties Plan and organize activities for industries, camps, playgrounds, rehabilitation centers, and recreation centers; explain rules and instruct participants; enforce safety practices; administer first aid if needed; modify or create activities to suit needs of specific special-needs groups; organize and maintain equipment
Alternate Title(s) Activity Specialists, Camp Counselors, Directors of Recreation and Parks, Recreation Aides, Recreation Center Directors, Recreation Leaders, Recreation Supervisors, Social Directors
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Varies by occupation
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Activity Specialist
  • Recreation Leader
  • Recreation Aide