Recreation Leader


Work Tasks

RECREATION LEADERS plan, organize, and direct activities that help people enjoy and benefit from leisure hours. These activities may include arts, crafts, fitness, dramatics, sports and games, hobbies, camping, hiking, and swimming. Recreation programs are offered settings such as recreation and community centers, public agencies, institutions, health clubs, parks, schools, corporations, camps, local playgrounds, and religious organizations. Recreation leaders lay out materials or equipment and lead the program. They demonstrate equipment and techniques, and explain rules and regulations. Recreation leaders may coach teams or serve as leaders, referees, or umpires for sporting events.

Salary, Size & Growth

Entry Requirements

Employers usually require RECREATION LEADERS to have a bachelor's degree with a major in parks and recreation or leisure studies. Programs leading to a degree in parks and recreation, leisure studies, or related fields are offered at many colleges and universities. Specialized training or experience in a particular field, such as art, music, drama, or athletics, is an asset for many jobs. Increasing numbers of recreation workers who aspire to administrator positions obtain graduate degrees in parks and recreation or related disciplines. No special licensing or certification is usually required for recreation leaders, although some may need a certificate in lifesaving.