Recreation Management - About the Profession

Career Opportunities Graduates of the Recreation Management major find career opportunities as directors, associate directors, assistant directors, associate managers, coordinators, programmers, and specialists in any of the following areas:

  • National, state, county, or city parks and recreation agencies
  • Commercial resort businesses
  • Camping agencies
  • University and intramural recreation
  • Convention centers and visitors bureaus
  • Military MWR recreation (civil service)

Salaries UW-La Crosse recreation management majors earn more than an average high school teacher’s salary. A recreation management major’s salary is equivalent to managerial positions in other service businesses.

  • Entry level positions: $36,000 to $40,000
  • Middle Management positions: $40,000 to $52,000
  • Owner/director positions: $62,000 to $99,000 or more

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS Listed below are some of many the professional associations that support the Recreation field. Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association National Recreation and Park Association International Associating of Amusement Parks and Attractions Resort and Commercial Recreation Association Amusement & Music Operators Association United States Small Business Administration Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Professional Paddlesports Association Wisconsin Department of Tourism America Outdoors [adventure travel, outfitters, guides, outdoor educators Bowling Proprietors Association of America National Ski Areas Association [owners and operators] National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds Hospitality Management [hotel] American Hotel & Lodging Association American Resort Development Association World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training American Camp Association International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus National Golf Course Owners Association World Waterpark Association National Amusement Park Historical Association