According to the University of Arkansas Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation Department, "The undergraduate program in recreation and sport management prepares professionals for a variety of career opportunities in the fields of recreation and sport management. Career opportunities include positions of park and recreation directors for a city, fitness center managers, state and national park managers, camp administrators, sport marketers, sport administrators or work at YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, or other youth-serving agencies.

Graduates of this program should be well-prepared to enter the recreational work force at an entry level position or pursue graduate studies in such areas as recreation management, sport management, or other allied-health professional schools.

Examples of concentrations of study include, but are not limited to:

  • sport management
  • public recreation
  • children and family
  • fitness club management
  • commercial recreation
  • correctional recreation
  • outdoor leadership
  • youth at risk
  • outdoor recreation
Adventure Travel Coordinator Equipment Salesperson Cruise Ship Activities Staff
Aerobics Instructor Facility Manager Park Naturalist
Rental Agent Reservations Agent Food & Beverage Assistant
Marketing Assistant Activities Coordinator Athletics Coordinator
Umpire/Referee Youth Counselor Recreation Supervisor
Athletic Coach Fish & Game Warden Park Police Officer
Banquet Supervisor Fitness Trainer Park Ranger
Activities Resort Facilitator Forest Fire Fighter Personal Assistant
Guest Services Staff Forest Ranger Professional Athlete
Recreation Therapist Forester Professional Sports Team Manager
Club House Manager Government Tourism Manager Program Director/Leader
Commercial Fisher Grounds Supervisor Range Manager
Concert Promoter Interpreter Recreation Leader
Condominium Social Dir. Health Club Manager Sports Writer
Amusement Park Operator Assistant Manager Departmental Administrator
Conference Organizer Hotel/Resort Manager Recycling Manager
Cruise Ship Activity Dir. Marketing Director Wildlife Manager
Dive Master Mountain Guide Sports Promotion Director
Resource Manager Soil Conservationist Park Manager
Restaurant Manager Sports - Fitness Nutritionist Stadium Manager
Retail Sales Associate Sports Announcer Stadium Manager
Ski Instructor Sports Instructor Convention Dir. - Planner
Team Manager Tournaments Planner Watershed Manager
Tour Guide Travel Agent/Planner Resort Recreation Program Dir
Festival Director Park Planner Recreation & Parks Dir.
Camp Director Campus Recreation Dir. Recreation Center Dir.
Diving Instructor Nursing Home Program Dir.
Government:
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • City Park and Recreation
  • Military Recreation
  • Federal and State Agencies
  • University Campuses
Nonprofit Organizations:
  • Boy/Girl Scouts
  • Community Centers
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Convention Centers
  • YMCA/YWCA
Private Organizations:
  • Air Travel/Cruise Lines
  • Country Clubs
  • Pools
  • Restaurants
  • Resorts/Hotels
  • Ski Resorts
  • Travel Companies
Outdoor ability Physical fitness
Oral and written communication Public speaking
People skills Endurance
Work independently & in groups Organize activities
Follow-through skills Remaining objective
Outdoor ability Physical fitness
Oral and written communication Public speaking