Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service

Prospects: Very Favorable

*According to projected annual openings and year-over-year growth

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

Number of positions

2012: 3,510    2014: 3,790

Annual job postings

New: 140    Replacement: 360
(Total: 500)   

Salaries in NYC

Starting at:
Up to:

Educational requirements

Minimum education:
High school diploma or equivalent

Work experience:

On-the-job training:
Short-term on-the-job training

Education level achieved by workers


Sources: New York State Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor.