Careers in Recreation Leadership
No matter your interests, York College’s experienced faculty will guide you toward real-world opportunities that allow you to build a strong professional network in your preferred subject area.
These are just a few of the many career opportunities available to graduates of the Recreation Leadership program:
- Parks and Recreation Director
- Adaptive Sports Coordinator
- Adventure Guide
- Recreational Therapist
- Environmental Educator
- Park Ranger
- Resort Activity Coordinator
- Special Events Planner
- Youth and Family Recreation Specialist
- Recreational Sports Director
Recreation Leadership Salary Information
A degree in Recreation Leadership prepares you for a wide variety of careers. The jobs available to you will vary widely, depending on your area of emphasis, geographic location, and the experience you build over the years.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, recreational therapists earn a median salary around $51,000, with top earners reaching salaries near $80,000. Similarly, Payscale reports a median salary for parks and recreation directors around $60,000, with recreation coordinators earning an average of $40,000 per year.
Benefits of a Degree in Recreation Leadership
York College’s bachelor’s degree in Recreation Leadership opens up countless opportunities for graduates. Whether you choose to focus on Outdoor Leadership, Youth and Family Recreation, or Recreational Therapy — you’ll be well prepared for a career in a field that fuels your passion for helping others.
Recreation and recreational therapy are rapidly growing fields, and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in these areas will continue growing over the next several years.
A recreation degree also offers flexibility in future work environments. From corporate offices to the great outdoors, athletic fields to community centers, the skills you learn in this major will provide value wherever your career takes you. Graduates of York College’s Recreation Leadership program have found successful employment with a wide range of organizations, including:
- WellSpan Rehabilitation
- Dover Township Parks and Recreation
- Easter Seals
- Open Sky Wilderness
- SpiriTrust Lutheran
- RICA Baltimore
- Little Rookies Baseball
- Willow Valley Communities
- Masonic Village in Elizabethtown
- Warren Township Parks and Recreation
- Howard County Therapeutic Recreation