Where can I work after graduating with a degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies?
Tourism & Hospitality Management Major
This major 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 major 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
Park and Recreation Management Major
This major 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 major 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. Whether you work for a public, non-profit, or private agency also affects pay levels. Many of our graduates in the Tourism & Hospitality Management major have been promoted and advanced quickly within hospitality companies; some of them obtaining mid-upper management positions within 2-3 years of graduation. Starting wages/salaries in the PRT industry can range from $30,000-$60,000.
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
- Nonprofit Administration
- Conservation Leadership
- Corporate Training and Development
- Environmental Education
- Outdoor Retail
- Business and Franchise Ownership
Are there other websites where I may find more information on recreation and tourism studies?
Yes, the following web sites will also provide information:
- 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)