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Tourism and Recreation Management, BS

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Through the BS program in tourism and recreation management, students acquire the planning and management skills needed to work in the growing tourism and recreation industries throughout the world.

Selecting one of four emphasis areas: tourism, recreation, events or sports, the curriculum prepares students for employment across a wide variety of occupations. These areas of emphasis allow program graduates to contribute to community economic and social development and to positively influence quality of life both domestically and abroad. Graduates are able to gain professional positions in various travel, tourism, recreation, sports and related fields.

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Tourism and Recreation Management, BS

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Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Lake Havasu City, Online

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Career outlook

Based upon interests, graduates can seek work in the public, nonprofit, or private and commercial sectors. Graduates find employment in such diverse organizations as resorts and hotels, convention and visitor bureaus, and in areas such as business and corporate travel, transportation, tour operations, event and meeting planning and management, and attractions management. Opportunities are also found with city and state parks and recreation departments; youth, recreation and sports-oriented nonprofits; sports and recreation program planning and management; sports events and tourism; and many others. In such settings, graduates plan, design, develop and manage services that address the needs of a particular clientele.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 10.9%$48,290
Lodging Managers4%$51,800
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Advertising and Promotions Managers5.5%$106,130
Marketing Managers 10.1%$132,230
Recreation Workers8.7%$24,540
Sales Managers7.5%$121,060
Program Directors 12.2%$71,620
Travel Agents-11.7%$36,990

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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