There are currently an estimated 390,000 recreation workers in the United States. The recreation worker job market is expected to grow by 8.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are recreation workers?

CareerExplorer rates recreation workers with a B employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 43,900 recreation workers. That number is based on 33,900 additional recreation workers, and the retirement of 10,000 existing recreation workers.

What’s the supply of recreation workers?

The recreation worker industry is concentrated in California, New York, Florida

Recreation Worker job market by state

State Name Employed Recreation Workers
California 51,580
New York 30,390
Florida 20,770
Illinois 20,050
Texas 19,620
Ohio 13,580
Michigan 12,380
Pennsylvania 12,300
Virginia 11,320
New Jersey 10,820
Massachusetts 9,310
Maryland 8,290
Minnesota 8,180
Wisconsin 8,060
Georgia 7,780
North Carolina 6,990
Washington 6,720
Colorado 6,590
Tennessee 6,130
Arizona 6,040
Indiana 5,880
Missouri 5,480
South Carolina 4,970
Alabama 4,940
Oregon 4,930
Connecticut 4,800
Iowa 4,120
Utah 3,860
Kansas 3,260
Louisiana 2,930
Hawaii 2,750
West Virginia 2,580
Kentucky 2,530
New Mexico 2,310
Oklahoma 1,890
New Hampshire 1,840
Arkansas 1,800
Montana 1,780
Nevada 1,520
Mississippi 1,450
Nebraska 1,330
Puerto Rico 1,330
Maine 1,180
Vermont 1,130
Idaho 1,100
Delaware 870
Rhode Island 850
North Dakota 830
South Dakota 710
District of Columbia 620
Alaska 600
Wyoming 590
Guam 160
Virgin Islands 90