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Over the years the recreation profession has become increasingly specialized. As a result, the degree program in Recreation Services Management provides students with the opportunity to select a specialty area best suited to their career interests. Therefore, in addition to the basic core curriculum in recreation, students may select a career specialty area in:

  • Commercial Recreation and Event Planning
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Recreation Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation

NOTE: Students should note that specializing in one of the emphasis areas of recreation is entirely optional. The completion of a specialty area is not required for graduation from the department.

Graduates of our department are employed in a variety of thes areas. Listed below is a sampling:

Commercial and Event Planning Settings

  • Event Planner, Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk, NY
  • Director of Event Services, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Public Relations Director, Dorney Park, Allentown, PA
  • Activity Director, Disney Cruise Lines, Orlando, FL
  • Recreation Director, Marriott's Marco Island Resort, FL
  • Global Sales Manager, Hamilton Park Conference Center, Floralm Park, NJ
  • General Manager, Yachtsman Resort, Myrtle Beach,SC
  • General Manager, Cannon Mountain Ski Resort, Franconia, NH
  • Event Planner, Cescaphe Event Group, Philadelphia, PA
  • Wedding Planner, The Inn at Mountain Spring Lake, Reeders, PA
  • Operations Manager, SeaWorld, Orlando, FL

Outdoor Settings

  • Historical Interpreter, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA
  • Interpretive Park Ranger, Lowell Historical Park, Lowell, MA
  • Superintendent, Swartswood State Park, Swartswood, NJ
  • Environmental Educator, Monroe County Conservation District, Bartsonsville, PA
  • Park Manager, Hickory Run State Park, White Haven, PA
  • Outdoor Adventure Leader, San Francisco, CA
  • Park Ranger, Independence National Park, Philadelphia, PA

Therapeutic Settings

  • Therapeutic Recreation Director, Southampton Estates, Southampton,PA
  • Recreation Therapy Coordinator, Marworth, Waverly, PA
  • Recreation Therapist, Good Shepherd Home, Bethlehem, PA
  • Recreation Therapist, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Recreation Therapist, Geisinger Healthcare, Bloomsburg, PA
  • Director, Recreation and Enrichment, House of the Good Shepherd, Hackettstown, NJ
  • Recreation Therapy Director, Matheny Medical & Educational Center, Peapack, NJ

Community Settings

  • Program Coordinator, Blue Mountain Recreation Commission, Orwigsburg, PA
  • Park and Recreation Director, Plymouth Township, Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Executive Director, U.S. Tennis Association, Eastern Division, White Plains, NY
  • Community Manager, Big Bass Lake Community, Gouldsboro, PA
  • Teen and Family Director, Ambler Area YMCA, Ambler, PA
  • Recreation Superintendent, Lower Providence Township, Eagleville, PA
  • Recreation Director, Doylestown, PA