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Entertainment/Recreation Manager

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What They Do

About This Career

Plans, directs, or coordinates entertainment and recreational activities and operations of a recreational facility, including cruise ships and parks.

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster General Management pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Administers first aid in emergency situations.
  • Assigns tasks and work hours to staff.
  • Calculates and records department expenses and revenue.
  • Cleans equipment and areas of amusement park, cruise ship, or other recreational facility.
  • Explains rules and regulations of facilities and entertainment attractions to customers.
  • Inspects equipment, such as rides, games, and vehicles, to detect wear and damage.
  • Interviews and hires associates to fill staff vacancies.
  • Operates, drives, or explains the use of mechanical equipment in amusement parks, cruise ships, or other recreational facilities.
  • Plans programs of events or schedules of activities.
  • Plans, organizes, or leads group activities for customers, such as exercise routines, athletic events, or arts and crafts.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work


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