Careers in the recreation profession are refreshingly human-focused. They are face to face, person to person. Careers in recreation bring people together. We connect people in the real world, not in a virtual one. Graduates manage and provide recreation opportunities to people that are satisfying and enjoyable. Where does this happen? The following categories identify possible work settings:
- Commercial recreation – This career option occurs in the for profit sector. Employment opportunities exist at Disneyworld, special event companies, ski areas, theme parks, stadiums, and resorts to name a few.
- Community recreation – Agencies such as the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and government recreation are examples of this career path.
- Outdoor recreation – A career path in outdoor recreation is for the person who wants to provide people opportunities to value and enjoy the natural environment and protect our natural resources. Careers with state parks, national parks, and nature centers that provide interpretive services are a few examples of work settings for an outdoor recreation professional.
- Therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy – This specialty area addresses recreation needs for persons with disabilities. Recreation is used to enable persons with disabilities to function more effectively and/or enhance their quality of life. This can occur in the community, in residential facilities, in hospitals, and many other settings.
No matter where you work, you will be creating and managing meaningful recreation experiences for others. You will need a wide range of knowledge and skill sets to be a skilled employee in this dynamic field. And the good news is your development can start when you decide to major in Recreation Services Management. How?
- Students are treated as individuals, not a number.
- Your academic preparation will include class assignments that connect you to local professionals working in the Pocono Region.
- Experienced faculty will guide your professional development. They have distinguished themselves professionally at the local, state and national levels.
- The program is accredited by COAPRT. Only 81 programs in the country currently meet accreditation standards.
- ESU’s location in the Pocono Mountains region provides employment opportunities in the field.
- Students complete interesting and challenging internships. Examples include: Disneyworld (FL), Shenandoah National Park (VA), and Children’s Specialized Hospital (NJ). Internships are applied learning opportunities in the workforce.
- Leadership and team building skills are emphasized and developed.