Do you like to work outside? Are you interested in helping to preserve the environment? Would you be interested in interpreting wildlife and foliage to those who want to learn about their surroundings? Would you like to lead others into the "wild" out-doors? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, a career in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management might be for you.

An Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management major is trained and educated to obtain professional roles in a variety of agencies that make up the leisure and outdoor recreation service system. All of the classes that are required in the program will help you meet the professional entry-level standards established under the National Recreation and park Association (NRPA) and American Alliance for Leisure and Recreation(AALR) by the Council on Accreditation.

The list of career possibilities available to you as an Outdoor Recreation leadership and Management major are vast, and only depend on the competencies and skills you acquire through your academics and extracurricular activities.

Some introductory courses available to help you decide if this is the right major for you include: RE110 Introduction to Recreation and Leisure, RE155 Outdoor Living Skills, and RE250 Education in Outdoor Settings.

Starting salaries are contingent upon geographic location and the individual applicants work experience and initiative and usually range from $20,000 to $40,000.

Possible Careers Include*:

Local, State and Federal Government Public Recreation

  • Recreation Programs
  • Interpretive Programs and Services
  • (Historical Cultural and Natural Resources)
  • Nature/Outdoor/Visitor Centers
  • Resources Development Planning Services

Non-Profit and/or Private Organizations

  • Boy/Girl Scouts
  • Outdoor Education Centers
  • Nature Centers
  • Adventure Based Learning Centers
  • Children's Museums

Social Services

  • Churches
  • Group/Halfway Houses
  • Youth at Risk Programs
  • Adult Day Care Correction Facilities
  • Senior Citizen/Retirement Facilities

Commercial and Outdoor Recreation Services

  • Golf Courses
  • Bowling Centers
  • Camps
  • Retail Stores
  • Ski Areas
  • Instructional Schools
  • Guide Services

Travel and Tourism

  • Travel Agencies
  • Hotels, Motels, Resorts
  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Camp Grounds

Higher Education

  • College and University Programs
  • Graduate School

*Considerations for all prospective careers

  • Additional training and further education may be required for some of these jobs.
  • Remember to take any necessary exams early; it can take up to six weeks for results to be sent to the schools to which you applied
  • Obtaining an internship as an undergrad will make you more marketable when seeking employment after graduation