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Recreation Workers

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.   (O'Net 39-9032.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Activities Aide, Activities Assistant, Activities Coordinator, Activities Counselor, Activities Director, Activities Leader, Activity Aide, Activity Assistant, Activity Coordinator, Activity Director, Activity Leader, Activity Specialist, Aquatics Specialist, Camp Advisor, Camp Counselor, Camp Director, Certified Activity Coordinator, Certified Therapeatic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Community Program Assistant, Correctional Leisure Activities Specialist, Corrections Activities Specialist, Corrections Activity Specialist, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Field Advisor, Field Representative, Field Scout, Field Supervisor, Fitness Director, Fitness Plan Coordinator, Fitness Worker, Girls' Adviser, Group Leader, Group Work Program Aide, Group Worker, Life Enrichment Director, Music Therapist, Park Recreation Manager, Parks Recreation Coordinator, Parks Recreation Director, Play Leader, Playground Director, Playground Official, Playground Worker, Program Assistant, Program Director, Recreation Activities Coordinator, Recreation Aide, Recreation Assistant, Recreation Center Director, Recreation Coordinator, Recreation Counselor, Recreation Director, Recreation Leader, Recreation Program Coordinator, Recreation Specialist, Recreation Superintendent, Recreation Supervisor, Recreation Technician, Recreation Therapist, Recreation Worker, Recreational Aide, Recreational Assistant, Recreational Counselor, Recreational Facilities Hotel or Motel Manager, Recreational Leader, Recreational Specialist, Recreational Therapist, Recreational Therapy Technician, Respite Coordinator, Social Director, Special Events Coordinator, Summer Counselor, Teen Counselor, Therapeutic Activities Services Worker, Therapeutic Recreation Assistant, Therapeutic Recreation Director, Therapeutic Recreation Leader, Youth Worker
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.82   $ 10.94   $ 13.26   $ 17.26   $ 23.04   $ 14.84  
    Yearly $20,420   $22,750   $27,590   $35,910   $47,920   $30,880  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.92   $ 10.77   $ 12.57   $ 16.47   $ 20.89   $ 14.13  
    Yearly $20,630   $22,400   $26,150   $34,260   $43,460   $29,380  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.71   $ 10.87   $ 13.30   $ 16.61   $ 23.59   $ 14.83  
    Yearly $20,190   $22,610   $27,670   $34,550   $49,060   $30,850  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.25   $ 11.86   $ 14.50   $ 20.53   $ 26.30   $ 16.46  
    Yearly $21,320   $24,660   $30,160   $42,700   $54,700   $34,240  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 1,409 1,530 0.8% 38
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 30.0%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 15.3%
    Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations 14.0%
    Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries 9.8%
    Social assistance 9.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
     
  • Manage the daily operations of recreational facilities.
     
  • Administer first aid according to prescribed procedures, and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary.
     
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in recreational activities such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies.
     
  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging participation.
     
  • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties.
     
  • Confer with management to discuss and resolve participant complaints.
     
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment.
     
  • Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists.
     
  • Evaluate recreation areas, facilities, and services to determine if they are producing desired results.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • 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).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
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  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Scheduling Work and Activities - Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers  updated June 2009
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers  updated June 2009
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Recreation Workers 
     

     
     
     
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