As today's changing work patterns increase our leisure time, the recreation and park profession is being challenged to provide more opportunities for meaningful experiences. The Recreation Management Program at Moraine Valley Community College meets this challenge by preparing professionals for a variety of recreation settings.
Today's expanding opportunities include services in park districts, commercial recreation, employee recreation, corporate and campus recreation. The program covers facility management, program planning, budgeting, computer skills, and public relations.
This program is intended to lead to employment. Students completing this program may apply for Illinois Parks and Recreation Association certification.
If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.
Nature of Work—Graduates will be prepared to:
Related Job Titles—Athletics Supervisor, Community Center Supervisor, Outdoor Adventure Leader, Teen Supervisor, Park Planner, Golf Course Personnel, Preschool Director, Cultural Arts Supervisor, Nature Center Supervisor, Fitness Center Supervisor, Outdoor Education Specialist, Water Park Supervisor
Employment Settings—Health Clubs, Cruise Ships, Park and Recreation Departments, Hotels and Resorts, Amusement Parks, Sports and Entertainment Centers, Fitness Centers, Camps, Senior Citizen Centers, Retirement Villages
Employment Outlook—Overall, employment is expected to grow by 15% between 2008 and 2018 which is faster than the average for all occupations. Industry growth results in an increasing number of people spending time and money on leisure and fitness services. Projected job growth stems, in part, from rising demand for recreational and fitness activities for older adults in senior centers, retirement communities and other settings.
Recreation and fitness jobs also will continue to increase as more businesses recognize the benefits of recreation, fitness and wellness programs. The mean annual income for recreation workers was $22,260. However, earnings of recreation directors and others in supervisory or managerial positions can be substantially higher. Most public and private recreation agencies provide full-time workers with typical benefits. Source: Bureau of Labor statistics 2010-2011 Deptlabor/occ.outlook www.bls.gov/oco (Recreation Workers)
The median salary in Chicago for activity aide is $24,911. Salaries range between $20,991 to $30,291. Source: Salary.com
For job listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.