8 outdoor jobs to escape from the office

Recreation workers employed in diverse places
Recreation workers employed in diverse places © eurobanks/
  • Median annual pay: $22,260
  • Job growth: 19 percent

The government has been a major employer for recreation jobs, but private groups such as athletic associations and recreational camps are putting together sports programs. This is driving the need for recreational workers, says Beckner.

Recreation workers create and lead leisure activity groups in arts and crafts, sports, games, music and other outdoor pastimes. They can work for nonprofits, senior centers, school and park districts, and operators of playgrounds and camps. Recreation workers also can find employment on cruise ships, organizing the daily activities on the ship.

Since most of the activities require being outdoors, the work is seasonal or on a part-time basis in many parts of the country, Beckner says. According to the BLS, recreation worker jobs are expected to grow at a rate of 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is about as fast as the average for all professions. The median salary in 2010 was $22,260 per year, or $10.70 per hour, according to the BLS.


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