General Information:

  • Obtain summer, part-time, internship or volunteer experience in camps, playgrounds, recreation/fitness centers, social service organizations, hotels, tourist attractions, etc.
  • 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 a broad liberal arts and cultural background including knowledge/skills in athletics, music, arts and crafts, nature, dance, drama and club structure.
  • Obtain certification in first aid and safety, CPR or life guarding depending upon your interests.
  • Enjoy the outdoors and/or be willing to work outdoors.
  • Develop physical agility and stamina for your career.
  • Develop good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Join related professional associations. Attend state/national professional association conferences.
  • Cultivate the ability to motivate others.
  • Possess the ability to enjoy life and positively interact with others.
  • Obtain competence and skills in special area(s) of interest.
  • Learn to work effectively with people of various ages and backgrounds.
  • Possess a cooperative attitude toward others as well as common sense in understanding and dealing with people and situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Obtain knowledge of U.S. and world geography, history and social customs. Consider taking foreign language depending on your career interests.
  • Develop leadership and supervisory skills in coordinating and directing others in various activities.
  • Consider participating in the Walt Disney College Program.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer.


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