Recreation Careers

Therapeutic recreation is one of the fastest-growing professions in the nation. Alumni are employed at psychiatric hospitals, physical medicine and rehabilitation centers, assisted-living and long-term care facilities, centers for the developmentally disabled, town and state recreation and parks departments and several governmental and private recreational facilities.

Students that major in therapeutic recreation are eligible for the National Recreation Certification exam. This exam is necessary to become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist.

SUCCESSFUL ALUMNI

St. Joseph’s alumni are employed at a variety of sites such as: children and adult psychiatric hospitals, physical medicine and rehabilitation centers (PMR), assisted-living and long-term care facilities, centers for the developmentally disabled, local and state recreation and parks departments, YMCAs, child-care facilities and other governmental, nonprofit and private recreational and leisure service agencies.

Other possible career paths include

  • camp director

  • certified therapeutic recreation specialist

  • coach

  • college recreation instructor

  • community center director

  • cruise director of activities

  • dance instructor

  • exercise physiologist

  • entrepreneur in recreation and leisure businesses

  • facilities manager

  • fitness instructor/specialist

  • game official

  • health club owner

  • home care provider (therapeutic recreation)

  • industrial recreation specialist

  • municipal recreation director

  • park ranger

  • playground director

  • prison recreation specialist

  • program director and assistant

  • recreation facility manager or therapist

  • resort manager

  • sports director, reporter or marketer

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