Job Outlook

The job outlook is good for RSM majors concentrating in Community Recreation & Park Resources, Outdoor Recreation, or Sport Operations Management!


Job Titles

Job titles for Community Recreation & Park Resources professionals, ranging from entry-level to mid-career, include:

  • Program Supervisor
  • Interpretive Educator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Manager
  • Facility Manager
  • Day Camp Director
  • Facility and Grounds Director
  • Superintendent of Recreation


Job titles for Outdoor Recreation professionals, ranging from entry-level to mid-career, include:

  • Professional Guide
  • Park Ranger
  • Interpretive Guide
  • Camp Program Director
  • Outdoor Recreation Program Director
  • University Outdoor Program Director
  • High School Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Outdoor Adventure Facility Manager
  • Adaptive Adventure Sports Specialist
  • County Forest Preserve Programmer


Job titles for Sport Operations Management professionals, ranging from entry-level to mid-career, include:

  • Fitness Coordinator
  • Youth Athletics Coordinator
  • Athletic Administrator
  • Athletic Facility Manager
  • Sports Agent
  • Golf Operations Manager
  • Special Events Coordinator/Director
  • Campus Recreation Coordinator/Director
  • Sports Information/Media Relations Assistant/Director
  • Assistant/Head Coach
  • Athletic Director


Job Outlook

Nationally, jobs in the recreation field are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations (United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). Entry level salaries average $31,650. Opportunities for career advancement are expected as retirements from the baby boom generation result in upper level vacancies. Median salaries of program managers are $62,740, whereas median salaries of facility administrators are $83,790. As an active, health-oriented, people-centered profession, the Recreation and Sport Management program offers a pathway to a stable and rewarding career.