Recreation Workers
SOC: 39-9032.00

Description:

Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
379,300 employed

Projected (2024):
418,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Activities Aide
  • Activities Assistant
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Activities Counselor
  • Activities Director
  • Activities Leader
  • Activity Aide
  • Activity Assistant
  • Activity Coordinator
  • Activity Director
  • Activity Leader
  • Activity Specialist
  • Aquatics Specialist
  • Camp Advisor
  • Camp Counselor
  • Camp Director
  • Certified Activity Coordinator
  • Certified Therapeatic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Community Program Assistant
  • Correctional Leisure Activities Specialist
  • Corrections Activities Specialist
  • Corrections Activity Specialist
  • Director of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Field Advisor
  • Field Representative
  • Field Scout
  • Field Supervisor
  • Fitness Director
  • Fitness Plan Coordinator
  • Fitness Worker
  • Girls' Adviser
  • Group Leader
  • Group Work Program Aide
  • Group Worker
  • Life Enrichment Director
  • Music Therapist
  • Park Recreation Manager
  • Parks Recreation Coordinator
  • Parks Recreation Director
  • Play Leader
  • Playground Director
  • Playground Official
  • Playground Worker
  • Program Assistant
  • Program Director
  • Recreation Activities Coordinator
  • Recreation Aide
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Recreation Counselor
  • Recreation Director
  • Recreation Leader
  • Recreation Program Coordinator
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Recreation Superintendent
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Recreation Technician
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Recreation Worker
  • Recreational Aide
  • Recreational Assistant
  • Recreational Counselor
  • Recreational Facilities Hotel or Motel Manager
  • Recreational Leader
  • Recreational Specialist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Recreational Therapy Technician
  • Respite Coordinator
  • Social Director
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Summer Counselor
  • Teen Counselor
  • Therapeutic Activities Services Worker
  • Therapeutic Recreation Assistant
  • Therapeutic Recreation Director
  • Therapeutic Recreation Leader
  • Youth Worker


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in recreational activities, such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies.
  • Manage the daily operations of recreational facilities.
  • Administer first aid according to prescribed procedures and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary.
  • Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet participant needs.
  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Evaluate recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.
  • Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
  • Confer with management to discuss and resolve participant complaints.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
  • Meet and collaborate with agency personnel, community organizations, and other professional personnel to plan balanced recreational programs for participants.
  • Schedule maintenance and use of facilities.
  • Direct special activities or events, such as aquatics, gymnastics, or performing arts.
  • Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems.
  • Provide for entertainment and set up related decorations and equipment.
  • Encourage participants to develop their own activities and leadership skills through group discussions.
  • Serve as liaison between park or recreation administrators and activity instructors.
  • Evaluate staff performance, recording evaluations on appropriate forms.
  • Oversee the purchase, planning, design, construction, and upkeep of recreation facilities and areas.
  • Conduct individual in-room visits with residents.
  • Take residents on community outings.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Braille materials
  • Calendars
  • Cash registers
  • Cashboxes
  • Desktop computers
  • Electronic scoreboards
  • First aid kits
  • Handheld calculators
  • Informational signs
  • Ladders
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Microphones
  • Mobile phones
  • Passenger vans
  • Photocopiers
  • Two way radios
  • Wheelchairs
  • Whiteboards
  • Charting software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Database software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Recordkeeping software
  • Scheduling software
  • Word processing software


  • personal care and service


    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650