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Ward Edwards 1200
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4985
Fax: 660.543.4668


"What Can I Do With a Major in...General Recreation?"

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Recreation will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Impart an understanding of the benefits and impacts of leisure to patrons of his/her community, based on a sound understanding of the conceptual foundations of leisure.
  • Develop and implement recreation programs in a range of activity content areas for various populations, marshaling diverse community and human services resources.
  • Use diverse community, institutional, natural, cultural, and human service resource to promote and enhance the leisure experience, thus improving the quality of life for all populations.
  • Assess goals and objectives for groups and individuals within the leisure service.
  • Utilize sound managerial, marketing, and financial processes in the administration/management of leisure service delivery.
  • Utilize diverse communication, interaction and facilitation techniques, including leadership, instructional strategies, and emergency management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of legal concepts and legislative processes as applied to leisure services, including implementation of risk management plans.
US Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

Related Career Titles

Adventure/Risk Recreation Trainer
Aquatics Specialist
Armed Forces Recreation Leader
Camp Counselor
Campground Attendant
Camping Director
Carnival Game Operator
Church Recreation Director
Community Center Director
Community Development Specialist
Community Education Worker
Concert Promoter
Condominium Social Director
Convention Manager
Corporate Fitness Director
Corporate Travel Manager
Cruise Ship Activity Director
Dance Instructor
Entertainment Lawyer
Environmental Interpreter
Facility Manager
Fisheries Conservationist
Fitness Specialist
Game Center Director
Golf Pro
Health Club Manager

Industrial Recreation Specialist
Leisure Counselor
Municipal Recreation Leader
Museum Guide
Outdoor Activity Leader
Outdoor Recreation Manager
Park Ranger
Park Superintendent
Playground Leader
Prison Recreation Specialist
Program Planner
Recreation Facilitator
Recreation Facility Manager
Recreation Forester
Recreational Therapist
Resort Manager
River Guide
Senior Citizen Programmer
Ski Instructor
Sports Lawyer
Stadium Manager
Tennis Pro
Tour Guide
Travel Planner
Wildlife Manager
Youth Sports Director

Related Job Listings/ Job Search Website

Central Career Network
Exercise Jobs
Health and Wellness Jobs

Affiliated Organizations

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
American Alpine Club
American Association of Museums
American Association of Zoological Parks & Aquariums
American Federation of Arts
American Recreation Coalition
Hostelling International USA
Association of Outdoor Recreations and Education
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
Boy Scouts of America
Conservation Foundation
Craft & Hobby Association
Employee Morale & Recreation Association
Girl Scouts of the United States of America
International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Izaak Walton League of America
National Association for Interpretation
National Association of County Park & Recreation Officials
National Audubon Society
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
National Parks Conservation Association
National Recreation and Park Association
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sport
Resort and Commercial Recreation Association
Sierra Club
Society of American Foresters
Travel and Tourism Research Association
Wilderness Society
World Leisure Organization

Career Library Resources

Opportunities in Recreation and Leisure Careers  

The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Office of Career Services by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me

Becky Chapman
Career Development Coordinator