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Recreation Administration

331 Master's Degrees Annually
17 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#172 in Popularity (Master's)
$115,590 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Recreation Administration Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many recreation administration graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 331
Graduate Certificate 31
Doctor’s Degree 17

What Recreation Administration Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, recreation admin majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Recreation Admin Majors

Recreation Admin majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Skills for Recreation Admin Majors

When studying recreation admin, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Recreation Admin Majors

A major in recreation admin will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Recreation Administration Major?

People with a recreation admin degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
General and Operations Managers 9.1% $100,930
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration?

331 Master's Degrees Annually
55% Percent Women
27% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 55% of the graduates are women, and 45% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of recreation admin majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Recreation Admin Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 52
Hispanic or Latino 33
White 223
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

Geographic Diversity

Recreation Admin appeals to people across the globe. About 3.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Recreation Administration Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that recreation administration students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $38,800 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,925 (25th percentile) and $40,800 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a recreation admin degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Recreation Admin majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $51,280 to $123,880 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some careers associated with recreation admin require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for recreation admin careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 8.8%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 9.0%
Some College Courses 9.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 43.9%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 9.1%
Master’s Degree 6.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.8%

Online Recreation Administration Programs

In 2018-2019, 169 schools offered a recreation admin program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 20 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 17 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 39 2
Bachelor’s Degree 8 3
Post-Baccalaureate 20 1
Master’s Degree 33 9
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Recreation Administration Worth It?

The median salary for a recreation admin grad is $115,590 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 190% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,513,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to recreation admin.

Major Number of Grads
Health & Physical Education 8,864
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 184
Outdoor Education 39
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 25

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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