Career of the Week-Recreation Workers

Do you get bored sitting at a desk all day? Do you like to spend time outdoors? Do you like to meet new people?
WHAT: Recreation workers plan, organize and direct organized recreational activities. Most of the activities take place in parks, recreation areas, community and senior centers, camps and tourist attractions. Some activities that recreation workers may lead are sports, performing arts, camping, outdoor trips and other special events. Recreation workers may work with businesses, children or senior citizens. This field allows you to think creatively, assist and care for others, establish and maintain interpersonal relationships, and participate in physical activities.
WHERE: There are a variety of fun and exciting settings to work in with this degree. Some settings include, cruise ships, nature parks, summer camps, or playgrounds in the center of an urban community. There is some time spent in offices planning the programs and other special events.
HOW DO YOU GET THERE? Pursue a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies! through the U of M College of Education and Human development.
Look for job and internship possibilities in GoldPASS to gain experience in the field!
JOB OUTLOOK: Faster than average growth is expected. Job opportunities are good for part-time, seasonal and temporary workers also.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
O*NET OnLine
National Recreation and Park Association website