Career Paths in Recreation and Sport Management


Imagine yourself going every day to a job you love.

Do you have a passion for sports? Does working with kids and families interest you? Do you love being outdoors? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career in recreation and/or sports may be for you. The Recreation and Sport Management Program at the University of St. Francis prepares students for rewarding careers in these active, hands-on professions. The field offers a range of career opportunities from local settings such as park districts and non-profit organizations; to athletic programs and sport organizations; to camps, outdoor adventure programs, and state and national parks.


Where can I get a job?

Graduates of the Community Recreation and Park Resources concentration are employed in a variety of settings across the country, including park districts, campus recreation, state and national parks, and community recreation centers. The Outdoor Recreation concentration leads to employment opportunities such as guiding services, outdoor education, high adventure and wilderness recreation, and commercial outdoor resorts, facilities and services. The Sport Operations Management concentration has led to employment in settings such as collegiate athletic administration, professional sport franchises, commercial athletic and fitness facilities, sport performance organizations. Click here to see the job outlook for these fields.


Recreation and Sport Management at USF

As the only nationally accredited program of its kind in the Chicago suburbs, the University of St. Francis Recreation and Sport Management program will prepare you as a competent entry-level professional, marketable across a range of recreation and sport management job settings. The program offers a personalized approach to both traditional and transfer students, including the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while working closely with faculty.


Get Certified

The curriculum prepares students to take the national exam to become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), administered by the National Recreation and Park Association. The CPRP certification is the primary credential sought by many employers in recreation and sports. The hands-on program culminates in a full-time internship placement working under the guidance of a seasoned professional.