Getting a recreation specialist job.

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How did you get your start doing recreation specialist work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

Reginald Brooks in Atlanta, Georgia

101 months ago

I went into the Military Service open and the Air Force gave me this opportunity.

Reginald Brooks in Atlanta, Georgia

101 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing recreation specialist work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?
Do you need a particular educational background?
No!

Reginald Brooks in Atlanta, Georgia

101 months ago

However I was not successful in getting a job in recreation. It is good for my health though. I still haven't given up.

Jeffersis Harris in Fayetteville, Georgia

99 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing recreation specialist work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?
Do you need a particular educational background?
I started 25 years go with the City of Atlanta teaching aerobic dance in a fitness class and also teaching dance to kids.

MrsJoy in Worth, Illinois

85 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing recreation specialist work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

Yes in most cases you do need a degree in RECREATION THERAPY. Check out some of the community colleges and see what type of programs they have. You will start with the two year degree, but to be certified as a Recreational Therapist you will need to get a 4 year degree. Through school you will have opportunities come you way and doing the activities and trips that we did in our class, you will find a ton of places where you can work with the Developmentally Disable community. You will also have to do an internship before you complete your degree and I'm sure during the course of your two years you will find jobs. Also check out the park districts and the special Recreation Associations and you will find your way from there. GOOD LUCK!!!

Linda in Bowie, Maryland

50 months ago

There are several kinds of recreation specialists, Recreation managers, Recreational Therapist ( CTRS ), travel and tourism specialists, hotel and leisure management, parks and recreation.
You can get a bachelor of science degree in any of the above. Start at the NRPA website ( National Recreation and Parks Association). Unfortunatly, most people think this is an easy job, but if it looks easy it is only because so much work goes into it before the recreational activity ever takes place. Remember, we work while you play. Good Luck.
Linda, CTRS, Recreation specialist for over 25 years

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