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5 Recreation jobs that can help you give back to the community

October 26, 2016
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Does your ideal career path involves helping others?

Are you happiest when you’re helping others? Do you want to wake up each day excited to go to work? Does your dream job involve making others smile, bringing communities together, and helping people heal? We have the perfect major for you!

The Recreation and Leisure Administration program at York College of Pennsylvania offers two career tracks: Recreation Management and Recreational Therapy. The major gives students the tools they need to develop state-of-the-art programs and plan events for their favorite organization or in a therapeutic environment.

The COAPRT-accredited program opens many doors, and our graduates have gone on to work at Walt Disney World, the City of Harrisburg, Adams/Hanover Counseling Service, and many other exciting places. Here are just some of the jobs that allow you to give back with your degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration:

  • Wilderness Therapist

If you can’t imagine spending your life in a cubicle, a career as a Wilderness Therapist will allow you to make the great outdoors your office while sharing your love of nature with others. Wilderness Therapists adapt outdoor activities for those who might not otherwise be able to experience them because of physical or intellectual disabilities. As an intern with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center in Colorado, recent graduate Chase Colley wants to use his experience to help people with disabilities go climbing, white-water rafting, and hiking.

  • Activities Coordinator

‌Many senior centers, summer camps, and even cruise ships employ an Activities Coordinator to plan and implement entertainment, recreational, and sports activities. The job description will vary depending on your employer, but you might oversee weekly Bingo Nights, organize a kickball tournament, or direct a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on stage. The end goal is to inspire others to have fun and partake in activities within their community. And it’s pretty awesome that you get paid to play right alongside them!

  • U.S. Army MWR Employee

The U.S. Army’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs employ nearly 30,000 civilians around the globe to carry out programs and services for soldiers and their families. Job opportunities include everything from being an Army Outdoor Recreation Program instructor to working at one of the Army’s 48 golf courses to overseeing a base’s Community Recreation Center. These unique careers allow you to give back our nation’s troops by improving their quality of life.

  • Correctional Recreation Specialists

Although prisons are often thought of as a way to punish those who break the law, correctional facilities hope to rehabilitate offenders before their release. Correctional Recreation Specialists organize a range of activities that might include card games, basketball tournaments, and music classes for those serving time in custody. Some facilities might allow for more specialized activities including theater, gardening, and even pet therapy. Designing programs that increase socialization while teaching inmates skills they can use after their release is extremely rewarding.

  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) use activities including dance, sports, and crafts to help their patients heal, recover, and adapt to life after an illness or injury. May 2015 graduate Kelly Corrigan was able to combine her love of art and service in a position at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As a CTRS, Corrigan organizes art therapy and other programs for Good Shepherd’s pediatric patients. CTRS can find work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, residential facilities, and even the government.

If your ideal career path involves helping others and you want to learn more about the Recreation and Leisure Administration program at York College of Pennsylvania, contact us today. We’re excited to help you get where you want to go!


York College is proud to offer one of the best Recreation and Leisure Administration programs in Pennsylvania. Within our recreation and leisure major, students can choose either a Recreation Management emphasis or a Recreational Therapy emphasis. Where will your degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration take you?