Associate of Arts -
Physical Education: Outdoor Recreation
Focused Area Advisor: Stephanie Govea, 208.732.6251 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Major Advisor: Christa Gessaman, 208.732.6697 or email@example.com
Students completing an Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education: Outdoor Recreation are prepared to transfer to a Bachelor degree program offered at Idaho's four-year colleges. The Outdoor Recreation degree provides excellent preparation for professional and graduate schools. Most positions sought by students in the scientific and medical professions will require some type of advanced degree.
The program offers an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, which requires a minimum of four semesters.
The Outdoor Recreation concentration is designed for the students who are interested in management, leadership, or supervisory positions in recreation agencies or related professions. Careers in recreation can be found in a variety of areas such as private and commercial recreation, community recreation and youth agencies, recreational sports, recreational leadership, and recreational administration.
Career opportunities in recreation can be found in a variety of areas such as private and commercial recreation, community recreation and youth agencies, recreational sports, recreational leadership, and recreational administration. Specific jobs include the areas of public recreation (municipal, provincial or federal government agencies); agency recreation (YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs); commercial recreation (golf courses, spas, fitness centers, racquet clubs, ski resorts, consulting firms); corporate recreation (corporations and industries providing employee recreation/fitness programs); special needs recreation (hospitals, senior citizens' homes, institutions and agencies for persons with disabilities); outdoor recreation (outdoor centers, residential camps, nature centers); and open space recreation (parks services, open space playgrounds, forestry and environmental services).
- Recreation workers may work in a variety of settings, for example, a health club, ski resort, hospital, cruise ship, boys and girls club, city recreation, college campus, or recreational park. Most persons in the field work about 40 hours a week, which may include some night and weekend work and irregular hours. A bachelor's degree and experience are preferred for most recreation supervisor jobs and required for most higher level administrator jobs. However, increasing numbers of recreation workers who aspire to administrator positions obtain master's degrees in recreation or related disciplines. Certification in the recreation field also may be helpful for advancement. Helpful transferable skills include communication, time management/organization, decision making, writing, computer skills, and problem solving. Persons planning a recreation career should be outgoing, good at motivating people, and sensitive to the needs of others. As in many fields, managerial skills are needed to advance to supervisory or managerial positions. College courses in management, business administration, accounting, and personnel management are helpful for advancement to supervisory or managerial positions.
- Overall employment of recreation workers is expected to grow about 9-17% for all occupations through 2014. People will spend more time and money on recreation, spurring growth in civic and social organizations and, to a lesser degree, State and local government. Much growth will be driven by retiring baby boomers, who, with more leisure time, high disposable income, and concern for health and fitness, are expected to increase their consumption of recreation services. Job growth also will be driven by rapidly increasing employment in nursing and residential care facilities. Depending upon the type of organization, area of industry, level of position, and level of degree, salary ranges are from $18,000 to $36,000 or more.
Physical Education: Outdoor Recreation Semester Plan