Where can I work after graduating with a degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies?
Tourism Management Concentration Area
This concentration focuses on management in the travel and tourism industry. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to plan events, deliver high quality customer service, market tourism products and manage visitors in tourism destinations.This concentration area will be of interest to students seeking careers in festival, meeting and event planning, hotel management, travel and tour services, and tourism destination marketing.
- Hotels and Resorts
- Convention and Visitors Bureaus
- Theme Parks
- Cruise Lines
- Travel Agencies
- Event Planning Companies
- Vacation Rental Companies
Therapeutic Recreation Concentration Area
This concentration prepares students for employment as a recreational therapist in a variety of settings within the health and human services industry. Graduates will work to address the needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions through the use of recreation and activity-based interventions to improve clients' overall health, well-being, and quality of life. This concentration will be of interest to students seeking careers working with children, adults, and older adults with disabilities.
- Rehabilitation hospitals
- Psychiatric hospitals
- Long-term care facilities
- Residential treatment facilities
- Outpatient treatment centers
- Municipal parks and recreation agencies
- Nonprofit organizations (e.g., Easter Seals)
- Primary and secondary schools
- Correctional facilities
Park and Recreation Management Concentration Area:
This concentration prepares students to work in community recreation, parks and protected areas, military recreation, camps and in the outdoor recreation industry. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide recreational programs for individuals from preschool age through older adults, as well as manage outdoor recreation opportunities in urban and wilderness settings.This concentration is designed for students seeking careers with the state and federal land management agencies, municipal recreation agencies, for-profit guiding services or nonprofit charitable, recreation and education organizations .
- State and Federal Land Management Agencies
- Municipal Parks and Recreation
- Outdoor Adventure Programs
- Campus Recreation
- Military Recreation
- Non-Profit Organizations
What is the average salary range for jobs in the recreation and tourism industry?
Location is often a determining factor in salary range. Cost of living impacts greatly on pay scales. Locally, entry level salaries range from $35,000 - $50,000.
Are there alternate career paths available to me?
Yes, many of our PRTS graduates have gone on to graduate school. Some examples of alternate career paths include:
- Business Administration
- Public Administration
- Health Care Administration
- Long Term Care Administration
- Nonprofit Administration
- Occupational Therapy
- Special Education
- Guidance & Counseling
- Conservation Leadership
- Corporate Training and Development
- Environmental Education
- Outdoor Retail
Is there a professional certification I will be able to pursue upon graduation?
Yes, upon graduation students with a B.S. degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies are eligible to take national certification exams. All majors are eligible to take the exam to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and students completing the Therapeutic Recreation concentration requirements are also eligible to take the exam to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Students may also pursue nationally-recognized certifications in specialty areas, such as Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG).
Is the Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies program accredited?
Yes, the PRTS program at Old Dominion University has been accredited since 1984. Current accreditation is granted by the National Recreation and Park Association's Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The Accreditation & Program History page contains more information.
Are there other web sites where I may find more information on recreation and tourism studies?
Yes, the following web sites will also provide information:
- American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)
- National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
- National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
- Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)
- International Association for Society and Resource Management (IASNR)
- Convention Industry Council's (CIC) Certified Meeting Professional Program (CMP)
- Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
- International Special Events Society (ISES)