Recreation Supervisor / Director

Quick Facts: Recreation Workers
2012 Median Pay $22,240 per year
$10.69 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 345,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 14% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 49,000

What Recreation Workers Do

Recreation workers design and lead 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, sports, adventure programs, music, and camping.

Work Environment

Recreation workers are employed in a variety of settings, including summer camps, recreation centers, parks, resorts, and cruise ships. Many workers spend much of their time being physically active in the outdoors.

How to Become a Recreation Worker

Education and training requirements for recreation workers vary with the type of job, but workers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree.


The median annual wage for recreation workers was $22,240 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of recreation workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects will be best for those seeking part-time or seasonal recreation jobs.


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