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Recreation Co-ordinator

Recreation co-ordinators administer and oversee recreation programs, leisure services, and routine facility maintenance.

Also Known As

Community Recreation Co-ordinator, Program Leader, Recreation Guide

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Recreation and Sports Program Supervisors (4167.5) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Supervisors and Consultants (E036) 
  • 2011 NOC: Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (4167) 
  • 2016 NOC: Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (4167) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Recreation and Sports Program Supervisors
2006 NOC : 4167.5

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

Interest in consulting to provide recreational and sports information to community groups and the media; may instruct in recreational and sports activities


Interest in co-ordinating the activities of leaders and instructors to implement training programs and workshops; and in recruiting volunteer and paid program leaders and instructors


Interest in developing sports, fitness and recreational programs for leaders and instructors

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation co-ordinators plan, organize, and supervise recreational programs to meet community needs. They assess program success and advise groups and organizations on how to make the most of programs. They take part in many aspects of recreation, including:

  • Leadership training
  • Staff training
  • Sporting, cultural, and physical fitness activities
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Parks management
  • Recreation for specific populations, such as children or seniors
  • Monitoring budgets and planning capital spending
  • Routine and preventive facility maintenance

In general, recreation co-ordinators:

  • Work with community groups to develop and implement programs
  • Advertise programs
  • Implement fundraising projects
  • Research and evaluate programs
  • Prepare budgets for departments, facilities, or programs
  • Prepare grant applications, write reports, and develop long-range plans
  • Interview and hire staff and volunteers who operate courses, programs, and facilities
  • Supervise and train staff and volunteers
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Recreation co-ordinators often work from an office. At times they work weekends and evenings at meetings or events. They may need to travel, such as if they oversee programs in multiple locations.

Setting up recreational activities sometimes requires lifting heavy items.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation co-ordinators need:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to establish rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Organizational and leadership skills
  • Accounting skills

They should enjoy consulting with people, directing and co-ordinating activities, and developing innovative programs.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary

Recreation co-ordinators must have a university degree or college diploma in a related discipline. This could include recreation, physical education, or management. Employers prefer applicants with a recreation-related university degree or experience in the recreation field. Some positions require candidates to understand community development principles and organize community-wide festivals and special events.

Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Robertson College - Calgary

Robertson College - Edmonton

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Recreation co-ordinators work for:

  • Health-care institutions
  • Municipal governments
  • Not-for-profit sport and recreation groups, such as the YM / YWCA and Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Post-secondary schools
  • Private recreation and fitness facilities
  • Tourism and entertainment businesses and organizations

Work in smaller centres may offer a broader range of experiences. Larger centres tend to be more diverse and offer the option to specialize.

Experienced co-ordinators may move into consulting or administrative positions. For more information, see the Recreation and Sport Administrator occupational profile.

Recreation co-ordinators are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4167: Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers. In Alberta, 83% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 4167: Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.1% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 58 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Salaries for recreation co-ordinators vary. Factors include location, responsibilities of the position, and the co-ordinator’s qualifications.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers

2016 NOC : 4167
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Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 4167 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Hourly Wage

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Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.48 $45.00 $31.27 $30.83
Overall $16.83 $52.76 $36.71 $39.89
Top $20.50 $52.76 $40.27 $46.62

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Accommodation & Food Services
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
Vacancy Rate
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Physical Education and Recreation

Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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