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Career Opportunities With a Major in Recreation Professions

Recreation Professions graduates work in diverse settings with diverse constituents. Recreation Services Management students find employment in municipal park and recreation departments, commercial recreation settings (e.g., resorts, sports and health clubs, and theme parks), state and federal agencies, armed forces, college campus departments, and non-profit organizations. Therapeutic Recreation students secure employment in pediatric hospitals, long-term care facilities, transitional health-care facilities, treatment centers for individuals with emotional disturbances, chemical dependency programs, physical rehabilitation hospitals, community recreation programs, general medical hospitals, special camps, and schools.

Skills Related to Recreation Professions

  • Skills in leadership, programming and administration

  • Ability to read and write articulately

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Proficient in interpersonal communication

  • Thorough knowledge of community resources

  • Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds in various situations

  • Understanding of human behavior

Potential Careers Related to Recreation Professions

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Recreation Professions major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Recreation Professions majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Adult Sports Coordinator Adventure Travel Coordinator SCUBA Instructor
Camp Counselor Camp Director College Campus Recreation Director
Convention Coordinator Cruise Ship Activity Director Festival Director
Fish and Game Warden Guide and Outfitter Natural Resource Manager
Outdoor Educator Outdoor Recreation Planner Park Planner
Park Police Park Ranger Park Service Worker
Park Superintendent Prison Recreation Specialist Program Supervisor
  Recreation and Fitness Specialist Resort Manager
Resort Program Director Senior Citizens Activity Director Service Club Director
Stadium Manager Theme Park Manager  
Tour Guide Tournaments Planner Travel Agency Consultant
Travel Planner Youth Sports Coach  

Employers in Recreation Professions

  • Aquatic Facilities

  • Armed Forces

  • Boy's and Girl's Clubs

  • Camps/Ranches

  • College Campus Departments

  • Community Organizations

  • Forest Service

  • Hospitals

  • Hotels

  • Local, State and National Parks

  • Long-Term Care Facilities

  • Medical Offices

  • Non-Profit Organizations

  • Outdoor Recreation Programs

  • Physical Rehabilitation Hospitals

  • Recreation Centers

  • Resorts

  • School Districts

  • Ski Areas

  • Sports and Health Clubs

  • State and Federal Agencies

  • Theme Parks

  • Therapeutic Recreation Offices

  • Treatment Centers

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Recreation Professions

The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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