A recreation programmer is the person who creates leisure programs for
others. These programs range from basketball leagues to painting classes and
everything in between.
Recreation programmers work at sports and recreation centers, YMCAs, private
fitness clubs, nonprofit organizations and large corporations.
As organizers and leaders of recreation programs, their job duties vary
depending on where they live and for whom they work. Yet the common thread
among all of these workers is that they help people pursue their interests,
be it in arts and crafts, sports or other leisure activities.
It might surprise you that this is essentially an office job. Programmers
spend most of their day on the phone or in front of a computer writing reports,
proposals or budgets.
They are closely connected to the community and are often involved in other
Working conditions can vary. For example, a recreation programmer at a
community YMCA has a different work setting than someone who organizes activities
for children at a summer camp. Despite such variations, most full-time jobs
have a standard 40-hour week.
Recreation programmers say it is important to have people skills. You will
spend a lot of time talking to people and getting feedback so you can run
the best program you can.
You must also have a broad knowledge of all sports and leisure activities.
You don't have to be a jock, but you must enjoy sports and recreation.