Recreation Management

Oversee recreational programs at parks, sports facilities, community centers, and other institutions. Recreation managers plan, organize, and direct recreation and leisure programs. They may lead activities such as adventure programs, arts and crafts, sports, and camping. 

Professional positions held by graduates: 

  • National, state and municipal parks and recreation coordinators, managers, supervisors, directors 
  • City managers
  • Community services directors
  • Park naturalists and park rangers
  • Senior center directors in hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation programs
  • University recreation center and intramural directors 
  • Athletic sorts program managers
  • Facility managers
  • Student services managers
  • Outdoor adventure and day camp directors
  • Recreation facility or club managers
  • Travel and tourism agents or guides
  • Sporting goods sales representatives
  • Amusement park, hotel or resort managers
  • Military recreation and employee services specialists
  • Social director and event managers
  •  Nonprofit and volunteer services managers

  • Recreation centers, parks, and summer camps
  • National parks
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, and cruise ships
  • Community centers, playgrounds, libraries and gardens


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for Recreation Workers are expected to grow at an average rate in the next 10 years: 9% US, 7% CA.

Median annual wage

  • CA: $47,680
  • US: $25,060

Service orientation

Recreation managers want to share their passion for recreation and leisure activities with other people. 

Problem-solving skills

Recreation managers should be able to design activities for people of different ages and abilities. They must be able to adapt activities to the individual needs of participants. 

Communication skills

 Recreation managers need to give clear instructions when directing activities. 

Leadership skills

Recreation managers should be able to lead both small and large groups. They often lead activities for people with different skill levels.

Physical stamina

Recreation managers are often on their feet and should be able to demonstrate activities.