Feature Article - June 2008
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2008 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities


Smaller-than-average increases were also expected among college and university respondents, who projected a 14.3 percent rise in employment levels, and health club respondents, who are anticipating a 24.6 percent increase. (See Figure 19.)


Figure 19: Average Number of Employees, by Facility Type
CURRENT EMPLOYEES
(AVG.)
EMPLOYEES IN 2011
(PROJECTED AVG.)
PERCENT CHANGE
Parks & Recreation226.2 315.9+39.7%
College/University95.7109.4+14.3%
Health/Fitness/Sports Clubs & Private Rec/Sports Centers109.6136.6+24.6%
School/School District226.3421.2+86.1%
Campground/RV Park/Youth/Private Camp130.3121.7-6.6%
YMCA/YWCA/JCC304.3400.5+31.6%

Of course, staffing up is just the first step in getting your facility's workforce up to speed. Training that staff to handle their jobs properly is also a major concern, and among respondents, certifications are commonly employed to ensure certain staff members have the knowledge they need to get the job done. A full 90.1 percent of respondents said they currently require certification of some kind for staff members. Of those who do not currently require certification, nearly 30 percent said they plan to do so in the future. (See Figure 20.)

More respondents this year said they do require certifications, compared to last year's survey, when 82.9 percent said they require some of their staff to be certified. And those who do not currently require certification were also more likely to do so in the future compared to that same group last year, when only 16.9 percent said they planned to require certifications in the future.