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33-9092.00 - Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to participants.

Sample of reported job titles: Beach Lifeguard, Lifeguard, Marine Safety Officer, Ocean Lifeguard, Ocean Lifeguard Specialist, Pool Attendant, Pool Lifeguard, Ski Patroller, Swim Instructor, Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Examine injured persons and administer first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, if necessary, using training and medical supplies and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rescue distressed persons, using rescue techniques and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct participants in skiing, swimming, or other recreational activities and provide safety precaution information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patrol or monitor recreational areas such as trails, slopes, and swimming areas, on foot, in vehicles, or from towers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Complete and maintain records of weather and beach conditions, emergency medical treatments performed, and other relevant incident information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain quality of pool water by testing chemical levels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Warn recreational participants of inclement weather, unsafe areas, or illegal conduct. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe activities in assigned areas, using binoculars, to detect hazards, disturbances, or safety infractions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect recreational equipment, such as rope tows, T-bars, J-bars, and chair lifts, for safety hazards and damage or wear. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect recreational facilities for cleanliness. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide assistance with staff selection, training, and supervision. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide assistance in the safe use of equipment, such as ski lifts. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automatic pool cleaner — Pool vacuums See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Axes — Ice axes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Direction finding compasses — Navigational compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services rappel kits — Rescue rappel equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories — Rescue toboggans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extension pole — Reach poles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Handheld digital thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Life rings — Rescue buoys; Rescue rings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Chair lifts; Tow lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Mercury sphygmomanometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mountain bicycles — Mountain bikes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Air splints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen administration sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Public address systems — Public address PA systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Avalanche beacons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Safety harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels — Collapsible snow shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Single gas monitors — Chlorine testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skis — Snow skis; Snowshoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snowboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snowmobiles or snow scooter — Snowmobiles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surfboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Swim goggles or swim fins — Swim fins See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water analyzers — Water testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wetsuits — Scuba suits See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Desktop publishing software — Microsoft Publisher See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer first aid. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Request emergency personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Rescue people from hazardous situations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Patrol natural areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Observe individuals' activities to gather information or compile evidence. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Warn individuals about rule violations or safety concerns. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide safety training. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor environmental conditions to detect hazards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect facilities for cleanliness. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record information about environmental conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 85% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 64% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 73% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 72% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 72% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 40% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 22% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 33% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 44% responded “Serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 38% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 21% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 58% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 38% responded “Fairly important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 53% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 47% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 31% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 40% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
43   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RS

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $9.18 hourly, $19,090 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 130,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 102,300
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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