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Career and Education Opportunities for Recreation Coordinators in Vancouver, Washington

There are many career and education opportunities for recreation coordinators in the Vancouver, Washington area. Currently, 5,080 people work as recreation coordinators in Washington. This is expected to grow by 14% to about 5,790 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for recreation coordinators are expected to grow by about 14.7%. In general, recreation coordinators conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities.

Recreation coordinators earn approximately $11 hourly or $24,120 yearly on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $10 per hour or $21,960 per year. Recreation coordinators earn less than people working in the category of Fitness and Recreation generally in Washington and less than people in the Fitness and Recreation category nationally.

There are forty-eight schools of higher education in the Vancouver area, including four within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree to start your career as a recreation coordinator. The most common level of education for recreation coordinators is a Bachelor's degree. You can expect to spend about four years training to become a recreation coordinator if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Recreation Coordinator

Recreation Coordinator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, recreation coordinators conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. They also organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.

Recreation coordinators enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to take care of discipline and insure safety. They also promote interest in recreational activities such as arts and hobbies. Equally important, recreation coordinators have to meet with staff to consider rules and work-related problems. They are often called upon to greet new arrivals, introducing them to other participants  and encouraging participation. They are expected to explain principles and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment. Finally, recreation coordinators administer first aid in line with prescribed procedures, and notify emergency medical personnel when needed.

Every day, recreation coordinators are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for recreation coordinators to complete and take care of time and attendance forms and inventory lists. They are often called upon to ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt efforts to meet participant needs. They also oversee the daily operations of recreational facilities. They are sometimes expected to direct special activities or events such as aquatics or performing arts. Somewhat less frequently, recreation coordinators are also expected to encourage participants to evolve their own efforts and leadership skills through group discussions.

And finally, they sometimes have to conduct individual in-room visits with residents.

Like many other jobs, recreation coordinators must be reliable and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Vancouver include:

  • Fitness Instructor. Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities and the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.
  • Residential Life Director. Coordinate activities for residents of boarding schools, college fraternities or sororities, college dormitories, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May refer residents to counseling resources if needed.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Recreation Coordinator Training

Concordia University - Portland, OR

Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211-6099. Concordia University is a small university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 1,709 students and an admission rate of 65%. Concordia University has a bachelor's degree program in Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

Everest College-Vancouver Campus - Vancouver, WA

Everest College-Vancouver Campus, 120 NE 136th Ave- Ste 220, Vancouver, WA 98684. Everest College-Vancouver Campus is a small college located in Vancouver, Washington. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 246 students and an admission rate of 70%. Everest College-Vancouver Campus has a one to two year program in Sport and Fitness Administration/Management which graduated twenty students in 2008.

Clark College - Vancouver, WA

Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663-3598. Clark College is a large college located in Vancouver, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,378 students. Clark College has an associate's degree program in Sport and Fitness Administration/Management which graduated eight students in 2008.

George Fox University - Newberg, OR

George Fox University, 414 N Meridian St, Newberg, OR 97132. George Fox University is a small university located in Newberg, Oregon. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 3,382 students and an admission rate of 83%. George Fox University has a bachelor's degree program in Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Specialties which graduated one student in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Personal Trainer: The ACSM Certified Personal TrainerSM is a fitness professional involved in developing and implementing an individualized approach to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or those individuals with medical clearance to exercise.

For more information, see the American College of Sports Medicine website.

Sports Nutrition: The optimum way for you or your clients to get the most out of their workouts and feel their best is to develop an energizing, performance-enhancing nutrition plan, tailored to their body's specific needs.

For more information, see the American Fitness Professionals and Associates website.

Sports Conditioning Specialist: The AFPA Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification program presents the principles and practices of a new era of athletic training.

For more information, see the American Fitness Professionals and Associates website.

Functional Training Specialist: The AFPA Functional Training Specialist Certification program is designed to teach the Functional Training protocols to improve total athleticism, enhances performance, and reduces injuries through exercise progressions that will spur development potential for specific movement patterns commonly use in sport.

For more information, see the American Fitness Professionals and Associates website.

Yoga Instructor Level I: The AFPA Yoga Fitness Instructor Certification program emphasizes safe, effective, and inspiring teaching methods that prepare you to be a confident and competent Yoga Fitness Instructor.

For more information, see the American Fitness Professionals and Associates website.

Stability Ball Trainer: The AFPA Stability Ball Trainer Certification program was developed to promote safe yet challenging ball exercise to instructors and personal trainers.

For more information, see the American Fitness Professionals and Associates website.

Functional Trainer: Functional training is a complete system of athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, making it the most efficient and effective form of training today.

For more information, see the International Fitness Professional Association website.

Master Personal Fitness Trainer Track: The Master Personal Fitness Trainer Track includes the following certifications: IFPA Personal Fitness Trainer OR .

For more information, see the International Fitness Professional Association website.

Flexibility Coach: You want to be at the "top-of-your-game," and the IFPA Certified Flexibility Coach gives you tools to set you apart.

For more information, see the International Fitness Professional Association website.

Certified Special Events Professional: The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry.

For more information, see the International Special Events Society website.

Boxing Level I: This 1 day certification provides an overview of the theoretical knowledge and practical skill necessary to teach a safe and effective Boxing and or Kick Boxing class.

For more information, see the International Sports Conditioning Association website.

Kick Boxing Level I: This 1 day certification provides an overview of the theoretical knowledge and practical skill necessary to teach a safe and effective Boxing and or Kick Boxing class.

For more information, see the International Sports Conditioning Association website.

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist: To be awarded the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certificate, the candidate must meet the eligibility requirements and pass a knowledge-based exam.

For more information, see the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, Inc. website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington photo by Matthiasb

Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Vancouver is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.