What Can I Do With a Major in Recreation?

Read about HSU's Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation:

Related Major Skills

  • Outdoor ability        
  • Physical fitness
  • Oral and written communication  
  • Public speaking
  • People skills 
  • Endurance
  • Work independently and in groups         
  • Organize activities
  • Follow-through skills          
  • Remaining objective

Related Career Titles

Some positions are entry level while others require advanced degrees, training, or experience:

  • Adventure Travel Coord.
  • Equipment Salesperson
  • Cruise Ship Activities Staff
  • Aerobics Instructor
  • Facility Manager
  • Park Naturalist
  • Rental Agent
  • Reservations Agent
  • Food & Beverage Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Athletics Coordinator
  • Umpire/Referee
  • Youth Counselor
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Athletic Coach
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Park Police Officer
  • Banquet Supervisor
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Park Ranger
  • Activities Resort Facilitator
  • Forest Fire Fighter
  • Personal Assistant
  • Guest Services Staff
  • Forest Ranger
  • Professional Athlete
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Forester
  • Professional Sports Team Mgr
  • Club House Manager
  • Government Tourism Mgr
  • Program Director/Leader
  • Commercial Fisher
  • Grounds Supervisor
  • Range Manager
  • Concert Promoter
  • Interpreter
  • Recreation Leader
  • Condominium Social Dir.
  • Health Club Manager
  • Sports Writer
  • Amusement Park Operator
  • Assistant Manager
  • Departmental Administrator
  • Conference Organizer
  • Hotel/Resort Manager
  • Recycling Manager
  • Cruise Ship Activity Dir.
  • Marketing Director
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Dive Master
  • Mountain Guide
  • Sports Promotion Director
  • Resource Manager
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Park Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Sports - Fitness Nutritionist
  • Stadium Manager
  • Retail Sales Associate
  • Sports Announcer
  • Stadium Manager
  • Ski Instructor
  • Sports Instructor
  • Convention Dir. - Planner
  • Team Manager
  • Tournaments Planner
  • Watershed Manager
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Agent/Planner
  • Resort Recreation Program Dir
  • Festival Director
  • Park Planner
  • Recreation & Parks Dir.
  • Camp Director
  • Campus Recreation Dir.
  • Recreation Center Dir.
  • Diving Instructor
  • Nursing Home Program Dir.

Typical Employers


Army Corp of Engineers

City Parks and Recreation

Military Recreation

Federal and State Agencies

University Campuses

Nonprofit Organizations

Boy/Girl Scouts

Community Centers

Chamber of Commerce

Convention Centers

Boys/Girls Clubs


Private Organizations

Air Travel/ Cruise Lines

Country Clubs



Resorts/ Hotels

Ski Resorts

Travel Companies

Career Information

Occupational Outlook for Recreation Majors

Commercial Recreation and Tourism

Professional & Trade Associations

American Camp Association

American Hospitality Academy

American Hotel and Lodging Association

American Resort Development Association

American Society of Travel Agents

Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers, International

Club Managers Association of America

Craft and Hobby Association

Cruise Line International Association

Exhibit and Event Marketers Association

Ice Skating Institute

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

International Association of Conference Centers

International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus

International Association of Exhibitions and Events

International Association of Fairs and Expositions

International Association of Venue Managers Inc.

International Ecotourism Society

International Facility Management Association

International Festivals and Events Association

International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association

Laser Tag Operators Association

International Spa Association

International Special Events Society

Meeting Professionals International

National Golf Foundation

National Restaurant Association

National Ski Areas Association

National Tour Association

Outdoor Amusement Business Association

Outdoor Industry Association

Pacific Asia Travel Association

PLASA - Entertainment Services and Technology

Professional Convention Management Association

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

Resort and Commercial Recreation Association

Roller Skating Association Internationa

Snow Sports Industries America

Sporting Goods and Fitness Industry Association

Sportsplex Operators and Developers Association

Themed Entertainment Association

Travel and Tourism Research Association

United States Bowling Congress

U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Tour Operators Association

World Tourism Organization

World Travel and Tourism Council

World Waterpark Association