Recreation Services Management: Career Paths with Many Possibilities
Careers in the recreation profession are refreshingly human-focused; we bring people together. We connect people to each other, and to the natural environment. No matter what your work setting, you will be responsible to create and manage meaningful recreation experiences for others.
To provide quality services to others, what skills do you need? You need to possess a variety of skill sets: assessment, problem-solving, interpersonal, leadership, organizational, and customer service are a few examples. Developing these skills and a conceptual knowledge base begins when you decide to major in our department.
The Department of Recreation Services Management can prepare you for a variety of career possibilities in many different recreational settings.
Why choose the Department of Recreation Services Management at ESU?
- Quality internship placements
- Develop your leadership skills
- Nationally accredited program
- Small class size
- Qualified, experienced faculty
- Career specializations
- Faculty guidance to attain your career goals
- Experiential learning methods used in courses
Is Recreation Services Management a career path for you? Can you imagine yourself:
- Creating meaningful opportunities for others?
- Coordinating and planning events?
- Directing daily operations for an organization providing recreation opportunities?
- Facilitating team building experiences?
- Motivating others to develop skills to succeed?
- Completing many varied tasks each day?
A small sampling of careers we can prepare you for
- Event Planner
- National or State Park Ranger
- Operations Manager
- Recreation Therapist
- Outdoor Adventure Leader
- Resort Recreation Coordinator
- Entertainment complexes
Professional organizations such as the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the PA Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) offer information on career opportunities.
More specific information on the career option of commercial recreation is available from the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA).
If you are interested in an outdoor recreation career option, another source of career information is the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).
If you think a career as a recreation therapist might be for you, more information can be obtained from the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).
Our program is accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). We are one of only 81 nationally accredited programs in the country.
An Advisory Council, comprised of expert practitioners in the Pocono region, is a valuable source of input for the faculty to refine courses and adjust to trends in the workforce.
For more information contact the department by calling the department at 570-422-3305.
Many students transfer from community colleges and other universities.
Transfers must have a minimum 2.25 GPA if transferring 62 credits or more. We welcome your inquiries.
More information about credit and course transfers is available from the Office of Admissions, 877-230-5547.