Are you considering a
career in the recreation and leisure industry? There are a variety of
disciplines and career paths that can lead to a satisfying and rewarding
career. The following information is provided as an introduction and
orientation to academic and career options. An Associate Arts Degree
from College of the Canyons can be your gateway into the possibilities.
Please contact your academic counselor for detailed information about
transferability and undergraduate programs.
Recreation Management/Recreation Administration
Recreation and Sports Management
Park and Recreation Management
Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management
Tourism and Hospitality Management
EXPLORING RECREATION RELATED MAJORS
Many entry level professional jobs
under the umbrella of Recreation and Leisure require a
Bachelors degree. The following link will assist you
to explore the various Recreation related majors offer at
university campuses in California. Please meet with
your academic advisor to confirm transfer requirements.
individuals working in this area are typically employed by local
municipal, county, state or federally funded agencies. Manage
resources and programming for public benefit. Prospective job title may
be; park ranger, naturalist, nature center coordinator, resource
manager, recreation manager.
these individuals are working in for profit, private industry and may be
self employed. The primary emphasis is on the sales of goods (sporting
equipment) and services (sailing and kayaking lessons). Prospective job
titles may include tour director, special event planner, festival
Organizations: These agencies offer recreation and outdoor education
experiences as a means of improving the quality of life for our
community, especially for youth and the senior population. Key
organizations are the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA/YWCA, Outward Bound and scouting
organizations. Prospective jobs titles may be camp counselor, programs
director, camp director, outdoor adventure leader or director of
therapeutic recreation programming.
Recreation: Large corporations and businesses continue to embrace
employee fitness and recreation programs as a means of reducing stress,
absenteeism and health care costs for their employees. Prospective jobs
may be employee recreation director, fitness manager, employee services
specialist or sports manager.
Campus Recreation: Many
large colleges and universities promote student retention and wellbeing
by sponsoring campus recreational programs. Prospective job titles may
be intramurals supervisor, director of campus recreation, student
special services coordinator or sports manager.
Facilities: These job opportunities are in the private, for profit
arena consisting of fitness, sport and leisure clubs and centers.
Examples may be fitness clubs, spas, tennis or yachting clubs.
Prospective jobs titles may be program director, personal instructors,
Armed Forces Recreation:
the Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department of the armed forces
provides recreational opportunities for the men and women of the armed
forces as well as their families. Prospective job titles may be program
director, director of youth programs, recreation therapist or director
of therapeutic recreation services.
Hospitality: This is a large and diverse area of employment including
travel, hotels, cruise ships, and amusement parks to name a few.
Prospective job titles may be special events planner, director of
hospitality, cultural events coordinator.
The job market continues
to evolve and change as the economy and the demographics of our
communities change. Trends indicate that future growth in the industry
will continue to be the following areas; private and commercial services
will take on programs as government and agency funds become more
restricted, profit and nonprofit services and programming responsive to
the growing senior citizen population, and social service programs to
promote fitness and wellness. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts
jobs in the recreation field will have average growth, of about 19%
from 2010-2020; the average growth for all areas is 14%.
California Parks and Recreation Society
Bureau of Labor
BLS Occupational Outlook
National Recreation and Park Association
American Camping Association
Parks and Recreation