Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, & Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

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Lifeguard, Ocean Lifeguard, Pool Attendant, Ski Patroller

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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:
  • Patrol or monitor recreational areas, such as trails, slopes, or swimming areas, on foot, in vehicles, or from towers.
  • Rescue distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.
  • Contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.



  • customer service

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Instant messaging software

  • GroupMe

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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