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Recreation / Activities Worker

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Recreation or Activities Worker 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 2275 Recreation / Activities Worker job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 79416 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 2015:

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 $32,758.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $32,302.

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 $25,446.

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 Degree8.78%
Bachelor's Degree13.49%
Master's Degree2.57%
Doctoral Degree0.58%
Other44.15%

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 years82.85%
3 to 5 years14.84%
6 to 8 years1.49%
9+ years0.82%

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.

  • Communication (28.83%)
  • Planning (25.63%)
  • Customer Service (21.38%)
  • Management (14.89%)
  • Leadership (14.06%)
  • Sales (11.06%)
  • Operations (10.18%)
  • Coordinating (9.26%)
  • Professionalism (8.49%)
  • Scheduling (7.38%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Product Knowledge (15.51%)
  • Merchandising (17.58%)
  • Working With Children (14.1%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Recreational Therapy (14.26%)

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
  • Summer Camp Counselor
  • Camp Counselor
  • Activities Aide
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Recreation Aide
  • Memory Care Activities Assistant
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Summer Day Camp Counselor

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

  • Bass Pro Shops (4994)
  • YMCA (2708)
  • Sunrise Senior Living (672)
  • ProMedica (522)
  • Eagle Care (449)
  • Steve And Kate's Camp (448)
  • Urban Outfitters (430)
  • The Salvation Army (361)
  • Brookdale Senior Living (361)
  • Life Care Centers of America (339)

North Carolina

  • YMCA (168)
  • Bass Pro Shops (103)
  • City Of Greensboro (45)
  • City of Raleigh (38)
  • City of Durham (28)
  • Five Star Senior Living (24)
  • University of North Carolina (23)
  • Schoolhouse Of Wonder (23)
  • Gold's Gym (21)
  • City Of Rocky Mount (20)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!