What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

Commercial Recreation
Resort and Private Recreation

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Guest Relations:
    • Trip Planning and Reservations
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Event/Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Facilities Management

Employers:

  • Convention services
  • Event planning companies
  • Corporate employee services
  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Theme/amusement parks
  • Casinos
  • Country clubs
  • Motor home parks
  • Campgrounds
  • Boating/marina facilities
  • Second home communities
  • Travel/tourism companies
  • Guide services
  • Ecotourism agencies
  • Cruise, air, bus and rail lines

Area:

Commercial Recreation
Local Recreation

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Facilities Management
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Event/Program Planning and Evaluation

Employers:

  • Multipurpose sports clubs
  • Racquet clubs
  • Dance studios
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Pools
  • Golf courses
  • Sport-related franchises, eg. Little Gym, My Gym
  • Bowling alleys
  • Skating rinks
  • Movie theaters
  • Party services
  • Entertainment providers
  • Event planning companies
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Vendors

Area:

Government Recreation

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Program Management
  • Recreation Management
  • Recreation Planning
  • Park Development/Management
  • Natural Resource Management

Employers:

  • City, county or regional government agencies:
    • Parks
    • Public recreation/education programs
  • State and federal government agencies:
    • Parks, forests, wildlife areas and water resources
  • Conservation organizations
  • Department of Defense:
    • Military bases in U.S. and foreign countries
  • Correctional facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers

Area:

Community Recreation

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Camp Management
  • Program Management
  • Community Center Management
  • Programming
  • Coaching

Employers:

  • Community centers
  • Community programs
  • Senior centers
  • Adult daycare centers
  • Special Olympics
  • Youth programs, i.e. YMCA or YWCA
  • Sports leagues
  • Camps and outdoor recreational programs
  • Nonprofit, social service and religiously-affiliated organizations

Area:

Faith-Based Recreation

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Program Management
  • Facility Management

Employers:

  • Churches
  • Synagogues
  • Mosques
  • Para-church organizations, i.e. Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ

Area:

Recreation Retailing

Sub-Area:

  • Management
  • Buying/Purchasing
  • Small Business Ownership

Employers:

  • Department stores
  • Specialty shops
  • Pro shops/Club stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Outdoor outfitters

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs including:
    • Student Activities
    • Campus Programming
    • Campus Recreation, i.e. outdoor recreation programs, facilities management, fitness programming, intramural/club sports

Employers:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Public and private schools (K-12)
  • Public and private preschool programs (e.g., Head Start)
  • Programs servicing children and adults with special needs

Area:

Therapeutic Recreation

Sub-Area:

  • Administration/Management:
    • Programs and Staff
    • Evaluation and Documentation
  • Specialties:
    • Intervention
    • Aquatic
    • Outdoor

Employers:

  • Rehabilitation hospitals/centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Senior centers
  • Adult daycare centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Residential facilities
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Community mental health centers
  • Substance abuse centers
  • Recovery centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Educational facilities
  • Camps and outdoor recreational programs

General Information and Strategies

  • An undergraduate degree is suffi cient for entry-level recreation positions. A graduate degree may be required for administrative positions and teaching/research positions at universities and colleges.
  • Obtain summer, part-time, internship or volunteer experience in camps, recreation/fitness centers, social service organizations, tourist attractions, etc.
  • Develop solid background of recreational and leisure theories and therapeutic practices.
  • Develop broad knowledge base of recreational activities such as athletics, music, arts and crafts, nature, dance, drama, etc.
  • Hone leadership and supervisory skills for coordinating and directing others in various activities.
  • Obtain Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential offered through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certifi cation for some positions. Certification in first aid and safety, CPR or life-guarding may be helpful.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work on a team.
  • Learn to interact effectively with people of various ages, backgrounds and ability levels.
  • Exhibit physical agility, stamina and a motivational spirit. An interest in working outdoors is essential for some positions.
  • Join related professional associations. Attend state/national professional association conferences.
  • Seek knowledge of U.S. and world geography, history, social customs and languages for some opportunities.
  • Consider participating in the Walt Disney College Program.