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.
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.
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.