Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 39-9032 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.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: 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. Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet participant needs. 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. Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems. Direct special activities or events, such as aquatics, gymnastics, or performing arts. Provide for entertainment and set up related decorations and equipment.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.58   Entry $17,846.00
Mean $11.42   Mean $23,764.00
Experience $12.85 Experience $26,717.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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