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Recreation Workers

Also called: Activities Director, Activity Aide, Activity Director, Recreation Supervisor

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Leadership


You might use software like this on the job:

Office suite software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Recordkeeping software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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