Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

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What do they do?

Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to participants.

Also known as:

Alpine Patroller, Aquatics Director, Beach Attendant, Beach Lifeguard, Beach Patrol Lieutenant, Boating Safety Officer, Health Club Attendant, Lifeguard, Marine Safety Officer, Ocean Lifeguard, Ocean Lifeguard Specialist, Ocean Rescue Lieutenant, Pool Attendant, Pool Lifeguard, Recreation Director, Rescue Boat Operator, Ski Patrol Director, Ski Patroller, Spa Attendant, Supervisory Lifeguard

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 7%

    Percent Change

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  • 39,000

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Associates degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1%)
  • Master's degree (7.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (33.9%)
  • Associate's degree (13.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (19.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (4%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Colleges that Prepare

Colleges with the most graduates that become Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers:

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Administer first aid.
  • Request emergency personnel.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Provide safety training.
  • Patrol natural areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations.
  • Observe individuals' activities to gather information or compile evidence.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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