Feature Article - July 2010
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Our 2010 Salary Survey of the Managed Recreation, Sports & Fitness Industry

By Emily Tipping


In addition to being very likely to have attended some college, respondents also were very likely to have earned at least one certification. Some 86.6 percent said they had at least one certification, with the most popular being CPR/AED/First Aid certifications (held by 65.2 percent of respondents). Around a fifth also said they had a coaching certification (21.5 percent) or an aquatic management/pool operations certification (19.3 percent). (See Figure 5.)

Some types of certifications were more likely to be held by respondents working in specific industries. For example, while just 11.7 percent of the general survey population were Certified Parks and Recreation Professionals (CPRPs), nearly a quarter (23.7 percent) of parks and recreation respondents held this credential. And while 21.5 percent of all respondents held a coaching certification, among those from schools and school districts, that percentage rose to 51.9 percent. Likewise, personal training and fitness certifications were found among 7.8 percent of all respondents, but 44.9 percent of health club respondents.

When it comes to earning certifications in the future, 26.7 percent of respondents said they do have plans to pursue additional training and credentialing. The most popular planned certification is the CPRP certification, offered through the National Recreation and Park Association. More than 10 percent of respondents said they planned to pursue the CPRP. It was followed by CPR/AED/First Aid certification (7.8 percent); playground safety certification (4.1 percent); personal training/fitness certification (3.2 percent); and aquatic management/pool operations certification (3.1 percent).