Established in 1967, the Recreation Administration major at WKU prepares students for a wide array of career options within three very broad sectors, or categories, of organizations:
This part of our website (started July, 2014) is part of an ongoing effort to help our students, parents, school counselors, and advisors more fully understand our profession and the career options available to our majors.
Sample Careers by Categories
It is helpful to note that very similar recreation-related career opportunities and skillsets quite often appear in several categories.
For example, a recreation program director could work for a city parks and recreation department (public/government), a youth serving agency like the YMCA (nonprofit), or a resort (private/commercial).
This can be make it a little difficult at times to sort career options simply by a job title. As a starting point for organizing career opportunities on this website, we have used some of the categories suggested by Schwab et al (2014) in A career with meaning: Recreation, Parks, Sport Management, Hospitality, and Tourism (2nd ed.).
City Recreation and Parks Department
County Recreation and Parks Department
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Armed Forces Recreation
Outdoor Recreation in Federal, State, & Local Parks
Recreation Therapy & Therapeutic Recreation
Campus Recreation & Intramurals
Sport Management & Sport Teams
Travel & Tourism
Commercial Recreation & Leisure Businesses
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