Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Management
Katharine Jefferies (middle), a graduate of the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management program, is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. Her goal is to build a school library for her village. Donate to this cause. Also, her honor's thesis was published in the Journal of Recreation and Park Administration.
The Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management program is to prepare students for successful careers in a variety of leisure service settings. Graduates of the program find work opportunities at resorts, recreation centers, youth programs, parks and recreation departments, state and national parks, and a wide variety of other fields.
People visit parks and participate in recreation and tourism for the countless benefits these settings and activities provide. For example: individuals benefit through the experience of enjoyment, physical fitness, and increased self confidence; families benefit through opportunities for togetherness and bonding; the natural environment benefits as ecosystems and spectacular landscapes are preserved as parks; communities benefit as recreation, parks and tourism create economic growth, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Thus, the goal of recreation, park and tourism management is to create opportunities for people to enjoy this wide array of benefits while protecting the resources and maintaining the facilities on which these benefits depend.
Graduates of this program understand the wide array of benefits produced by recreation, parks and tourism and they work professionally to provide these benefits at local, national and global levels. Furthermore, they work to assure that all people have access to these benefits regardless of ability or socio-economic status. Professional opportunities are available in, but not limited to: resorts, theme parks, visitor and convention bureaus, local park and recreation departments, state parks, national parks and other protected natural areas, campus recreation and wellness centers, urban recreation centers, youth development, YMCA, YWCA, therapeutic recreation, inclusive recreation, corporate wellness programs, camps and outdoor leadership schools.
Did you know?
- Tourists spend over 600 billion dollars in the United States each year.
- In Ohio, tourists spend over 38 billion dollars each year.
- In Ohio, nearly half a million jobs are sustained by tourism.
- Individuals with disabilities are the largest minority group in the U.S. and serving their recreation needs is an important role of recreation, parks, & tourism professionals
- According to the Surgeon General, outdoor recreation activities are essential to children's health.
- According to The Partnership for a Healthier America, the parks and recreation industry is instrumental in reducing childhood obesity.
- Over 83 million acres are protected by the US National Park Service.
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park is less than 10 miles from Kent State University.
- The National Park Service employs over 20,000 people.
- Across the country, over 100,000 people are employed full time by city park and recreation departments.