What can I do with a major in Natural Resources, Recreation, & Tourism?
UGA Specific Information for Natural Resources, Recreation, & Tourism
The Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism major prepares students to work in environmental settings (of natural, cultural, and/or historical significance) that provide natural resource recreation and/or tourism opportunities. The curriculum provides a solid understanding of the environmental, economic, political, and social factors influencing recreation development and management. Employment opportunities for graduating students include tourism development, protected area management, environmental education (with schools), environmental interpretation (with agencies), park management, and recreation/tourism planning. Potential employers include local/county, state, and national parks/forests, public, private and not-for-profit nature centers, adventure and wilderness programs, environmental education centers, wildlife sanctuaries and preserves, and nature-based tourism and outdoor recreation organizations (public and private).
Class of 2018 Career Outcomes for Natural Resources, Recreation, & Tourism*
** Includes Self-Employed
- Warnell School Student Organizations
- Society for Conservation Biology
- Society for Environmental Action
- UGA Mentor Program
To find additional clubs and organizations, go to the Center for Student Organizations
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
Strategies to consider during your time at UGA:
- An undergraduate degree is sufficient for entry-level recreation positions. A graduate degree may be required for administrative positions and teaching/ research positions at universities and colleges.
- Obtain summer, part-time, internship or volunteer experience in camps, recreation/fitness centers, social service organizations, tourist attractions, etc.
- Hone leadership and supervisory skills for coordinating and directing others in various activities.
- Obtain Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential offered through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification for some positions. Certification in first aid and safety, CPR or lifeguarding may be helpful.
- Learn to interact effectively with people of various ages, backgrounds and ability levels.
- Exhibit physical agility, stamina and a motivational spirit. An interest in working outdoors is essential for some positions.
- Join related professional associations. Attend state/national professional association conferences.
- Seek knowledge of U.S. and world geography, history, social customs and languages for some opportunities.
- Consider participating in the Walt Disney College Program.
* © 1996 The University of Tennessee Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (1996, Revised 2002, 2004, 2009)
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Georgia Career Information Center (accessible only on campus computers)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (Under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Candid Career (View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources Job Site
- Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Jobs and Internships
- North American Association for Environmental Education Jobs and Internships
- National Association for Interpretation Job Board
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Job Board
- National Recreation and Park Association Job Board
- Association for Experiential Education Job Board
- Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Job Board
- Georgia Recreation and Park Association Job Board
- Travel Jobs and Tourism Jobs
- Southeast Tourism Society Industry Jobs
- Hospitality Online Job Board
- Jobs at Camp
- The Environmental Careers Organization
- Environmental Career Opportunities
- USA Jobs
- Great Outdoor Recreation Pages
- American Association for Leisure and Recreation
- USDA Forest Service
- National Recreation and Park Association
- American Recreation Coalition
- Association for Experiential Education
- Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
- Georgia Recreation and Park Association
- Southeast Tourism Society
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