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Recreation Instructors

  • Jacobi, Victoria


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People spend much of their leisure time participating in a wide variety of organized recreational activities, such as arts and crafts, the performing arts, camping, and sports. Recreation workers plan, organize, and direct these activities in local playgrounds and recreation areas, parks, community centers, religious organizations, camps, theme parks, and tourist attractions. Increasingly, recreation workers also are found in businesses where they organize and direct leisure activities for employees.



Select 18 units from the following: Units

RECR 1510 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Service 3
RECR 1516 Outdoor Recreation 3
PSYC 1500 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 2003 Child Growth and Development 3
PSYC 2033 Personal and Social Adjustment 3
SPCH 1511 Fundamentals of Speech 3
BIOL 1500 Fundamentals of Biology 3
ANTH 1512 Cultural Anthropology 3
DRAM 1535 Elementary Acting 3

Total 18


Overall employment of recreation workers is projected to increase by 15 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Although people will spend more time and money on recreation, budget restrictions in State and local government will limit the number of jobs added. Many of the new jobs will be in social assistance organizations and in nursing and residential care facilities. Civic and social organizations and fitness and sports centers will also contribute to growth. Growth will be driven by the growing numbers of young and older Americans. The large numbers of births in recent years likely will increas4 the demand for recreation services for children, and retiring baby boomers are expected to have more leisure time, higher disposable incomes, and more concern for health and fitness than previous generations had. The latter factors should lead to an increasing demand for recreation services for baby boomers.
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010/2011, U.S. Department of Labor



If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is
critical that you meet with a TC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that TC requires for an associate degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.



Upon successful completion of the Recreation major, a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a method of inquiry to be used in decision making.
  2. Evaluate how theories are applied to the development of leisure activities.
  3. Demonstrate how recreation and leisure are related to human development.