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Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, & Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Also called: Lifeguard, Ocean Lifeguard, Ocean Lifeguard Specialist, Ski Patroller

What they do:
Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to participants.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine injured persons and administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment.
  • Contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.
  • Rescue distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.


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Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
  • medicine and dentistry


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Desktop publishing software
  • Microsoft Publisher
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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