What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Beach Attendant, Beach Lifeguard, Life Guard, Lifeguard, Marine Safety Officer, Ocean Lifeguard, Ocean Lifeguard Specialist, Pool Attendant, Pool Lifeguard, Ski Patrol Paramedic, Ski Patroller

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers is projected to grow 26 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

No Data Available
  • 26.5%


    Ranks #22 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (1%)
  • Master's degree  (9%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (32%)
  • Associate's degree  (10%)
  • Some college, no degree  (26%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (19%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (2%)

Typical College Majors

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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 that 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.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Patrol natural areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations.
  • Request emergency personnel.
  • Administer first aid.
  • Warn individuals about rule violations or safety concerns.
  • Inspect facilities for cleanliness.
  • Record information about environmental conditions.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Observe individuals' activities to gather information or compile evidence.
  • Monitor environmental conditions to detect hazards.
  • Operate ships or other watercraft.
  • Provide safety training.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures.
  • Assist customers to ensure comfort or safety.
  • Participate in athletic events.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 27.3 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

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