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Hospitality, Food, and Tourism Careers | Recreation / Activities Worker

Recreation / Activities Worker

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Leads tours and vacation trips in outdoor or wilderness areas. Leads hiking, rafting, canoeing, climbing or diving activities for a group. Provides specialized knowledge about the history, terrain, ecology or wildlife for the tour. Manages transportation, equipment and provisions and assists with cooking.

Job Outlook

There were 1902 Recreation / Activities Worker job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 69084 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Recreation / Activities Worker industry, which includes the Recreation / Activities Worker career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Recreation / Activities Worker jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $31,085.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $29,232.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Recreation / Activities Worker postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $24,422.

Education and Experience

Posted Recreation / Activities Worker jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5%
Bachelor's Degree13%
Master's Degree2%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other79%

Posted Recreation / Activities Worker jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years79%
3 to 5 years18%
6 to 8 years2%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Recreation / Activities Worker positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Planning (31%)
  • Organizational Skills (26%)
  • Communication Skills (25%)
  • Creativity (21%)
  • Physical Abilities (15%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (22%)
  • Child Care (12%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Scheduling (16%)
  • Cleaning (14%)
  • Teaching (13%)
  • Budgeting (11%)
  • Customer Service (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Assisted Living (6%)
  • Music (6%)
  • Dementia knowledge (5%)
  • Lesson Planning (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Recreation / Activities Worker skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Activities Assistant
  • Activity Assistant
  • Activities Director
  • Summer Camp Counselor
  • Activity Aide

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Recreation / Activities Worker jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • YMCA (3079)
  • Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (955)
  • American Senior Communities, LLC. (678)
  • Camp Starlight (597)
  • Life Time (581)

North Carolina

  • YMCA (97)
  • Aspen Dental (57)
  • City of Raleigh (53)
  • Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (34)
  • Camp Starlight (27)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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