Recreation Management

RMYL_1What do you like to do: plan, organize, and lead activities and events; work with people; enjoy life; participate in recreational activities

Definition: Recreation, venue, and experience industry management professionals work in private, public, and nonprofit settings. Managing recreation experiences and venues has emerged as an important factor of economic activity for communities, cities, states, and countries.

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Academics

You will learn how to:

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate recreational experiences
  • Apply key leadership skills to event and venue management (crowd management, capital improvement, booking, rental rates, housekeeping, event coordination, promotion, contracts, signage, second experience, press relations, box office, etc)

Other things to do:

  • Join the Event and Venue Management Club
  • Volunteer at an organization
  • Participate in a recreation management study abroad program
  • Complete an internship in experience industry management

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Careers

Jobs:

  • Event manager
  • City recreation manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Travel and tourism specialist
  • Youth and family camps
  • Community event and festival planner
  • Military recreation programs planner

Sample of Potential Companies:

  • Adobe
  • American Airlines Center
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Disney
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Provo Parks and Recreation
  • Utah Valley Convention Center

RMYL_1What do you like to do: work with people; help people recover from injuries, disabilities, or disorders by using recreation as a treatment modality; help others find enjoyment in life

Definition: Therapeutic recreation is a treatment service designed to restore, remediate, and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.

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Academics

You will learn how to:

  • Analyze the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act in recreational settings
  • Prepare recreation providers with knowledge and practical experience to enable them to include people from populations who have historically been underserved
  • Understand the interaction of psychological, biological, and social influences on behavior and psychological development through the life span
  • Understand the dynamics of maladjustment, major psychological disorders, and therapeutic procedures

Other things to do:

  • Join the Therapeutic Recreation club
  • Volunteer at a nonprofit organization
  • Complete an internship
  • Get the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)

For flowchart of classes, click here.


Careers

Jobs:

  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
  • Counselor
  • Nonprofit founder
  • TR technician

Sample of Potential Companies:

  • Center for Change
  • Utah Department of Corrections
  • Scenic View Academy
  • Primary Children’s Hospital
  • Summerfield Assisted Living & Retirement Home
  • Camp Kostopulos
  • Veterans Medical Center
  • Special Olympics