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Feature Article - July 2010

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Our 2010 Salary Survey of the Managed Recreation, Sports & Fitness Industry

By Emily Tipping

Professionals working in the recreation, sports and fitness industry love their jobs, making them somewhat unique in the world of working Americans. It's just one of the findings from our annual Salary Survey that comes up consistently, year after year.

The Conference Board recently released a study that showed only 45 percent of 5,000 U.S. households surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs, a drop (again) from last year. But among respondents to Recreation Management's Third Annual Salary Survey, more than nine out of 10 (91.9 percent) of respondents reported that they are either satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs. This is a very slight decrease from 2009, when 92.4 percent reported they were satisfied, but still a significant increase over 2008, when just over three-quarters (77.6 percent) said they were satisfied.

Our annual report is based on a survey conducted for Recreation Management by Signet Research Inc., an independent research company. Respondents were invited to participate via an e-mail broadcast, and from Feb. 10 to Feb. 25, 2010, we received 2,230 responses.

This report represents the second part of our annual State of the Industry Report, which was reported in the June 2010 issue. You can read that report, as well as this one, at www.recmanagement.com.

Survey Methodology

This report is based on a survey conducted for Recreation Management by Signet Research Inc., an independent research company. An e-mail was broadcast and respondents were invited to participate on the Web site. From the launch of the survey on Feb. 10, 2010 to the closing of the survey on Feb. 25, 2,230 returns were received. The findings of this survey may be accepted as accurate, at a 95 percent confidence level, within a sampling tolerance of approximately +/- 2.1 percent.

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