Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
SOC: 33-9092.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
141,300 employed

Projected (2024):
150,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Alpine Patroller
  • Aquatics Director
  • Aquatics Specialist
  • Beach Attendant
  • Beach Lifeguard
  • Beach Patrol Lieutenant
  • Boating Safety Officer
  • Bus Monitor
  • Cafeteria Monitor
  • Certified Ski Patroller
  • Gamewell Operator
  • Health Club Attendant
  • Life Guard
  • Lifeguard
  • Marine Safety Officer
  • Ocean Lifeguard
  • Ocean Lifeguard Specialist
  • Ocean Rescue Lieutenant
  • Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
  • Park Ranger
  • Playground Monitor
  • Pool Attendant
  • Pool Lifeguard
  • Ranger
  • Recreation Attendant
  • Recreation Director
  • Rescue Boat Operator
  • Rescue Worker
  • Ski Instructor
  • Ski Patrol
  • Ski Patrol Director
  • Ski Patroller
  • Spa Attendant
  • Supervisory Lifeguard
  • Surveillance System Monitor
  • Swim Instructor
  • Water Safety Instructor (WSI)


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Rescue distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment.
  • Contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.
  • Patrol or monitor recreational areas such as trails, slopes, and swimming areas, on foot, in vehicles, or from towers.
  • Examine injured persons and administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment.
  • Instruct participants in skiing, swimming, or other recreational activities and provide safety precaution information.
  • Warn recreational participants of inclement weather, unsafe areas, or illegal conduct.
  • Complete and maintain records of weather and beach conditions, emergency medical treatments performed, and other relevant incident information.
  • Inspect recreational equipment, such as rope tows, T-bars, J-bars, and chair lifts, for safety hazards and damage or wear.
  • Provide assistance with staff selection, training, and supervision.
  • Inspect recreational facilities for cleanliness.
  • Observe activities in assigned areas, using binoculars, to detect hazards, disturbances, or safety infractions.
  • Provide assistance in the safe use of equipment, such as ski lifts.
  • Operate underwater recovery units.
  • Participate in recreational demonstrations to entertain resort guests.
  • Maintain quality of pool water by testing chemical levels.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air splints
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Avalanche beacons
  • Chair lifts
  • Chlorine testers
  • Collapsible snow shovels
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Handheld digital thermometers
  • Ice axes
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Mercury sphygmomanometers
  • Mountain bikes
  • Navigational compasses
  • Oxygen administration sets
  • pH indicators
  • Pool vacuums
  • Public address PA systems
  • Reach poles
  • Rescue buoys
  • Rescue rappel equipment
  • Rescue rings
  • Rescue toboggans
  • Safety harnesses
  • Scuba suits
  • Snow skis
  • Snowboards
  • Snowmobiles
  • Snowshoes
  • Surfboards
  • Swim fins
  • Tow lines
  • Two way radios
  • Water samplers
  • Water testers
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word


  • protective service


    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610