Feature Article - June 2007
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2007 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY

General Survey Results


Regionally, the greatest average numbers of employees currently can be found in the South Atlantic states, whose facilities employ 307.5 workers on average. These states also project the sharpest increase in number of employees-an increase of 45.4 percent to 447 on average expected in 2008. Much smaller increases are anticipated in the West, which expects to see a 5.3 percent increase in number of employees to 292.4 on average in 2008, and in the Midwest, which is anticipating virtually no change in number of employees between now and 2008, from 233.5 to 234 on average. Facilities located in the Northeast are actually anticipating a 1.5 percent decline in number of employees between now (171.7) and 2008 (169.2). (For more information on trends in recreation, sports and fitness facilities by region, click here.)

Facilities located in urban communities employ the largest number of workers, with 318.3 workers on average currently employed at these facilities. They also are expecting the sharpest increase (29.8 percent) in number of employees between now and 2008.

Facilities in rural communities-which employ about half the number of people as their urban counterparts-are anticipating a slight decrease in number of employees between now and 2008. (For more information on trends in recreation, sports and fitness facilities in different types of communities, click here.)

Certifications represent a common way for many facilities to determine whether employees are capable of performing up to an expected standard, particularly among such professionals as lifeguards, fitness instructors and managers of aquatic facilities. Altogether, 82.9 percent of facilities surveyed require certification of some kind for their staff members. Among those who currently do not require certifications, another 16.9 percent plan to do so in the future. (See Figure 18.)