Parks, Tourism, & Recreation Management

Why a Degree in Parks, Tourism, & Recreation Management?

 The program is directed at managing natural resources for tourism and recreation opportunities, primarily in wild land situations. Recreation managers are in a sense, applied social scientists working in natural resource settings to provide profound and satisfying recreational experiences.

Tourism and recreation managers must not only comprehend and understand the social and philosophical context and significance of natural resources, but also understand the natural processes that have formed and influenced those landscapes they manage. Tourism and recreation managers must understand the social and psychological needs of their visitors. They must appreciate the biological and ecological consequences of that visitation. They translate legitimate social needs into resource supply and management. They exercise leadership to facilitate and provide beneficial leisure opportunities. It is the interactions of people and nature that is of most interest to the recreation manager. Recreation managers are of service to society in both protecting the resource while providing valuable recreational opportunities.

Sample Occupations

  • Outdoor Recreation Planner
  • Environmental Educator
  • Interpretation Specialist
  • Recreation Program Manager
  • Park Manager
  • Tourism Development Professional
  • Adventure Tour Guide
  • Visitor Use Assistant
  • Resource Management Specialist

Professional Associations