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 2019 Career Outcomes for Natural Resources, Recreation, & Tourism*

** Includes Self-Employed

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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)

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The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Sandy Creek Nature Center Park Assistant
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*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.


Graduate School Program(s)
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