These days there is a strong demand for high qualified recreational workers. Modern life is so fast and stressful that many people need special programs to get rest and relax; different kinds of recreation working places are created for people, who are ready to provide the above described conditions. For each one of the numerous recreation working places a special programs in needed. And recreational worker has to understand the specifics of all the possible recreation working places.
Because of the increasing popularity of recreational worker profession more and more institutes and schools offer different programs and training courses in that area.
Of course, there are certain specializations in the field depending on recreation working places. The main specializations are: activity leader, sport specialist, supervisor, director and counselor.
Activity specialists and leaders coordinate and supervise groups of people in hospitals, city playground, resorts' guests and passengers of cruise ships.
Sport specialists teach different sports and work as coaches or personal trainers in all possible recreation working places.
Recreational supervisor is a more administrative position; the main goal of this specialty is to organize recreational workers and manage different sorts of recreational activities.
Directors in recreational area develop and control special recreational programs for camps, woodland recreation parks and other recreation working places. Recreational directors can also work as advisers in technical sectors for parks and camps.
Recreational counselors usually work in camps with children and teenagers.
These programs are available in most of the educational institutions in recreational field. Each school and college can also offer other specific programs and courses in the field. So, the entry requirements in each school can also vary greatly.
There are also special certification programs for recreation workers. For example, National Recreation and Park Association in the USA provides so-called Leisure Technicians certification. In other countries different sorts of certifications might be necessary for the job position. You can check all the available college degrees and certification programs for your country on the internet.
And of course there are certain qualities that recreational worker needs to have. As long as these specialists work with people, great communicative skills are the must. Good physical condition is also necessary, because most of the recreational programs include different kinds of physical activities.
Most of the job positions for recreation workers are in public sector. There is also a great number of seasonal jobs - such positions in many cases do not need special education in recreation area.