Recreation workers plan and teach activities that people enjoy
in their free time. This may include camping, sports, arts and
crafts, dance, or drama. Recreation workers organize these activities
for people of all ages.
Recreation workers hold a variety of jobs. Camp directors supervise
camp counselors and plan the camp's activities. Camp counselors
lead and teach children activities such as swimming, archery,
hiking, horseback riding, and camping.
Fitness workers teach and help people with exercises such as
weightlifting, yoga, aerobics, and karate. They help people train
and meet their personal fitness goals. They also show people the
proper way of doing various exercises. Aerobics instructors teach
classes that help people improve their physical conditioning.
Recreation workers do their jobs in different places such as
health clubs, cruise ships, and parks. Those who work outdoors
sometimes must deal with bad weather.
Most fitness workers spend their time indoors at fitness centers
and health clubs. Many workers work about 40 hours a week. Some
work nights and weekends.
Many full-time jobs require a college degree with a major in
parks and recreation or leisure studies. Special training or experience
in a particular field, such as art, music, drama, or athletics,
is important for many jobs.
Some jobs require certification. One may be certified in a particular
area of exercise such as personal training, strength training,
and aerobics. Many fitness workers become personal trainers.
Recreation workers should like working with people. They need
to have good health and be physically fit.
|How much does this job pay?
The middle half of recreation workers made between $7.09 and
$11.36 an hour in 2002. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more
than $15.72. Earnings of successful, self-employed personal trainers
can be much higher.
Recreation workers held about 485,000 jobs in 2002. Many others
worked in the summer. A large number worked for park and recreation
departments of local governments. Others worked for social groups
such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Still others worked at
health clubs and fitness centers, and for nursing homes and facilities
for people who cannot completely take care of themselves. There
are a large number of part-time, seasonal, and volunteer workers.
People will spend more money and time on leisure. Businesses
will have more recreation and fitness programs for their employees.
As a result, the number of jobs for recreation workers is expected
to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2002
and 2012. However, most workers are expected to face tough competition
for jobs because so many people want to become recreation workers.
Persons with formal training or experience will have the best
chances to get a job.
The recreation field also provides a large number of temporary,
seasonal jobs. These jobs are often filled by high school or college
|Are there other jobs like this?
- Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
- Professional athletes
- Recreational therapists
- Social workers
|Where can you find more information?
More information about recreation and fitness workers can be
found in the Careers Database.
Occupational Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau
of Labor Statistics