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Placement Statistics

  • 72.8 percent of respondents believe it is achievable to graduate from Eastern Illinois University in four years with a bachelor's degree in recreation administration or leisure studies.
  • 87.4 percent looked for a job in leisure services after graduation; 84.4 percent of those respondents obtained a full-time position.
  • 75.9 percent of those obtaining a full-time position felt that position was directly related to their degree.
  • 94 percent of job-seeking respondents secured employment in the field within six months. Graduates one year out of college were earning a mean salary of $25,307 per year. For graduates five years out of college, mean salary increased to $31,240 per year.

Job Potential

Recreation administration majors are qualified for a large variety of occupations within public recreation-oriented organizations, both commercial and non-profit. Our graduates should also compete well for jobs in tourist-oriented recreation companies.

Students interested in a recreation career should be organized, detail-oriented, outgoing, able to encourage/motivate and sensitive to the needs of others.

The following list indicates job titles commonly open to recreation administration graduates:

  • Director of Parks and Recreation
  • Activity Programmer
  • Facility Manager
  • Aquatics Supervisor
  • Activity Instructor
  • Director of Guide Services
  • Resort Recreation Director
  • Meeting and Event Planner
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Assistant Camp Director
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Park Planner and Project Manager

Recreation administration graduates are eligible to become a certified park and recreation professional(CPRP) through NRPA's National Certification Board. Also, they can become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.