If you can't imagine working in an office, love the great outdoors, and want to spread your knowledge, passion, and zest for nature with
others, a degree in Parks and Recreation may be the perfect fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Parks and Recreation students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's
degree (6-7 years). In this field, an associate or bachelor's degree is usually enough to begin your career in an entry-level position
while a master's degree often leads to management, administrative, and consultancy positions.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background
helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Parks and Recreation Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Parks and Recreation include:
- Parks and Recreation Worker/Director
- Event Planner
- Special Events Management
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Recreation Workers was $26,350 in 2019 while
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners earned a median salary of $50,600 in 2019.1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Recreation Workers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/recreation-workers.htm (visited June 29, 2020).