Feature Article - June 2009
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General Survey Results

Look Who's Talking

Before diving into the specifics of budgets, staffs and resources, let's first consider who's talking. This year's respondents represented a wide range of professionals from across the United States and abroad, representing many different types of facilities.

Reflecting the readership of Recreation Management, the majority of respondents were in management-level positions. More than a third (34.3 percent) were directors, while nearly a fifth (19.7 percent) work in administration management positions, such as administrator, manager or superintendent. Another 15.1 percent represented operations facility management, roles like operations manager, facility manager, building manager or supervisor. Program and activity administration roles, such as activity or program directors, managers, coordinators, specialists, coaches and instructors, made up another 11.8 percent of the respondents. High-level titles like chairman, CEO, president, vice president and owner were held by 9 percent. Just 1 percent represented service providers like planners, designers, architects and consultants, and another 9.1 percent indicated they had "other" titles.

Regionally, this year's survey yielded a similar proportion of respondents from specific regions of the country, with the largest group—though smaller than in years past—coming from the Midwest. (See Figure 1) Some 28.8 percent of this year's respondents (compared to 30.4 percent last year) were from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The second-largest region in our survey was again the West, with 20.3 percent, a small increase from last year's 19.8 percent. This region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

This year also saw a slight jump in participation among the Northeastern states, at 18.6 percent of 2009 respondents, compared to last year's 17 percent. This includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

There was a slight drop in representation among the South Atlantic states, from 19 percent in last year's survey to 17.8 percent this year. This includes Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.