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Recreation Workers
SOC Code: 39-9032.00

Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

Sample of reported job titles: Activities Assistant, Activities Director, Activity Aide, Activity Assistant, Activity Coordinator, Activity Director, Program Assistant, Recreation Assistant, Recreation Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor

Tasks

  • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in recreational activities, such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies.
  • Assess the needs and interests of individuals and groups and plan activities accordingly, given the available equipment or facilities.
  • Manage the daily operations of recreational facilities.
  • Administer first aid according to prescribed procedures and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary.
  • Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
  • Direct special activities or events, such as aquatics, gymnastics, or performing arts.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
  • Evaluate recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.
  • Document individuals' progress toward meeting their treatment goals.
  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
  • Confer with management to discuss and resolve participant complaints.
  • Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems.
  • Oversee the purchase, planning, design, construction, and upkeep of recreation facilities and areas.
  • Encourage participants to develop their own activities and leadership skills through group discussions.
  • Meet and collaborate with agency personnel, community organizations, and other professional personnel to plan balanced recreational programs for participants.
  • Provide for entertainment and set up related decorations and equipment.
  • Serve as liaison between park or recreation administrators and activity instructors.
  • Schedule maintenance and use of facilities.
  • Conduct individual in-room visits with residents.
  • Develop treatment goals for individuals based on their assessments.
  • Evaluate staff performance, recording evaluations on appropriate forms.
  • Take residents on community outings.

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software - Scheduling software
  • Charting software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software; Recordkeeping software
  • Desktop publishing software - Microsoft Publisher
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Internet browser software - Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Office suite software - Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Braille devices for the physically challenged - Braille materials
  • Calendars
  • Cash registers - Cashboxes
  • Desktop computers
  • Dry erase boards or accessories - Whiteboards
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits - First aid kits
  • Informational signs
  • Ladders
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Microphones
  • Minivans or vans - Passenger vans
  • Mobile phones
  • Photocopiers
  • Pocket calculator - Handheld calculators
  • Sport scoreboards - Electronic scoreboards
  • Two way radios
  • Wheelchairs

Knowledge

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).

Interests

  • Interest code: SEA
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 83% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 67% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 65% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 47% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 44% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 38% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 36% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 39% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 49% responded “Very important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 33% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 38% responded “Important results.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 51% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 39% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Consequence of Error - 40% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Time Pressure - 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 37% responded “Important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 52% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
62%Bachelor's degree
25%High school diploma or equivalent
8%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $11.80 hourly, $24,540 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 390,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 70,700

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