There are currently an estimated 152,100 lifeguards in the United States. The lifeguard job market is expected to grow by 7.6% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are lifeguards?

CareerExplorer rates lifeguards with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 22,200 lifeguards. That number is based on 11,600 additional lifeguards, and the retirement of 10,600 existing lifeguards.

What’s the supply of lifeguards?

The lifeguard industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Illinois

Lifeguard job market by state

State Name Employed Lifeguards
California 15,770
Texas 13,350
Illinois 8,000
New York 7,940
Florida 7,650
Ohio 7,240
Pennsylvania 5,200
New Jersey 4,880
North Carolina 4,850
Colorado 4,400
Missouri 3,920
Wisconsin 3,820
Michigan 3,630
Massachusetts 3,630
Georgia 3,330
Minnesota 3,190
Indiana 3,130
Tennessee 2,810
Maryland 2,720
Washington 2,240
Oregon 2,020
Utah 2,020
Iowa 1,950
Kansas 1,890
Arizona 1,850
Connecticut 1,530
Nevada 1,500
Nebraska 1,240
Alabama 1,200
South Carolina 1,200
Louisiana 1,190
Kentucky 1,040
Oklahoma 950
Hawaii 930
New Mexico 760
Idaho 760
North Dakota 530
Arkansas 510
Maine 490
South Dakota 490
West Virginia 390
Wyoming 370
Rhode Island 370
New Hampshire 360
Delaware 340
Vermont 330
Mississippi 330
Alaska 310
Montana 270
District of Columbia 190
Puerto Rico 150
Guam 120