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Careers in Recreation Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010), overall employment of recreation workers is projected to increase by 15 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Recreation Management professionals plan, organize, and administer recreation and sport programs, services, and activities for people from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of interests. Examples of employment settings are sports/fitness centers, park districts, employee recreation programs, hotels, resorts, theme parks, cruise lines, theaters, high adventure outdoor pursuits, camps, and the travel/tourism industry.

Graduates from Recreation Management are employed in a number of settings. Below are just a few examples of the range of employment opportunities that are available.

Employment Settings

  • Park Districts
  • Convention and tourism bureaus
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Hospitality and hotel management
  • Recreation services
  • Special events businesses
  • Campus recreation
  • Employee recreation services
  • Military recreation
  • Church recreation
  • State and national parks

Example of Titles

  • Business owner
  • Superintendent of Recreation
  • Management
  • Tourism promoter
  • Hotel sales and catering
  • Trip coordinator
  • Program supervisor
  • Special events planner
  • Intramurals coordinator
  • Park ranger

Expected Salaries

  • Starting: $23-30,000
  • Experienced: $30-70,000

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Kinesiology and Recreation
Campus Box 5120
250 McCormick Hall
Normal, Il 61790-5120
Phone: (309) 438-8661
Fax: (309) 438-5559

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