Career Details

Lifeguard (Beach)

Career Overview

A lifeguards job is to protect, educate, and potentially save people who are at a beach or pool. Peter, the lifeguard featured in the video, works as a lifeguard on Pensacola Beach, Florida.


Qualifications to be a lifeguard may vary from one location to another. It will likely require passing a physical test and a lifeguard course that leads to certification (possibly through the Red Cross).

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$19,000 /yr
$21,000 /yr
$23,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • First Aid
  • Swimming
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences definitely exist. Opportunities may be seasonal.

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Work Environment

A lifeguard can work at any pool or beach. This isn't likely to be a full-time, year-round job (although it could be with an indoor pool). In beach locations, this work will more likely be seasonal.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

PayScale, Inc.