Being able to speak effective in front of a group is an important skill for any job, say professionals from Ohio State University. Many people, however, are terrified of addressing large groups of people. If you are one of the few individuals who look forward to public speaking instead of cowering in fear whenever someone mentions a podium, you may want to consider a career as a facilitator.
Education and Experience
Most employers require facilitators to have a bachelor's degree. Additionally, since this is not an entry-level position, individuals interested in applying for facilitator positions should have significant experience in leadership roles and/or project management.
Facilitators need to have strong leadership skills. They should be able to teach others and communicate effectively. Additionally, they need to be able to handle difficult situations well.
Facilitators must serve as professional role models. Because they often lead groups, they need to be able to lead discussions to effectively and talk about potentially difficult issues in a professional manner. Another responsibility of theirs is training or teaching others. Additionally, they must guide others through leadership or group bonding activities.
These professionals typically work with large groups of people. They may be required to work nontraditional hours.
According to a survey by Indeed.com, the average facilitator working in the United States brought in $62,000 a year as of 2010. As with all salary information, however, these figures may vary significantly based on employer, geographic location and years of experience.
2016 Salary Information for Recreation Workers
Recreation workers earned a median annual salary of $23,870 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, recreation workers earned a 25th percentile salary of $19,780, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,310, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 390,000 people were employed in the U.S. as recreation workers.