Parks, Recreation and Sport

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The field of parks, recreation and sport is a multi-billion dollar industry. The market for professionals supporting these emphasis areas is robust in areas of sport business, sport marketing, game day operations, community recreation, park operations and management and tourism development. Opportunities in this field of study are expanding and global.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of management procedures while earning your parks, recreation and sport degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Parks and Recreation Administration
  • Park Ranger
  • Game Day Operations
  • Tourism and Convention Bureaus
  • Athletic Compliance
  • Outdoor Skills Specialist
  • Park Operations
  • Sport Communication
  • Ticket Operations

Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources BuildingThis degree offers several emphases, including:

Sport Management

The economics of sport management drive a wide variety of opportunities including professional sport teams’ organizations and associations, collegiate athletics and sport facilities, in addition to positions in sporting goods, media, administration and finance.

Recreation Administration

Work within a wide variety of public and private entities including parks and rec systems, sports complexes, golf courses, resorts, recreation centers, aquatic theme parks and pools, and campus recreation facilities. You can oversee management and operations, including finance.

Tourism Development

Grow in careers associated with tourism venues and enterprises; resorts; local, state and regional economic development agencies; and visitor and convention services. Promote your clients through special events, public relations materials or relationships with various local interest groups.

Natural Resource Recreation Management

Work for local, state and federal agencies such as large metropolitan, state and federal park systems. You can manage natural and cultural resources; provide information and education; manage park operations, planning and design; and create outdoor programming.

Student interning at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City RoyalsPrevious Internship Highlights

Sport Management: Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Mizzou Athletics, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Blues, WNBA Chicago Sky

Recreation Administration: Show-Me State Games, Kansas City Sports Commission, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Chicago Park District

Tourism Development: Alaska Major Marine Tours, Rawlings Sporting Goods

Natural Resource Recreation Management: Columbia Parks & Rec, Missouri State Parks, National Park Service

Core Areas of Study

  • Leadership and Personal Management
  • Parks Health and Wellness
  • Recreation Principles, Practice and Administration
  • Business of Sport

Major requirements for Parks, Recreation and Sport degree

Courses for Parks, Recreation and Sport degree

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Related Minor

A minor in hospitality management can supplement a parks, recreation and tourism degree. Gain knowledge of customer interaction, business and management from coursework that will be a useful asset for jobs within tourism, sports and parks and recreation industries.

Check out additional minor opportunities

Clubs & Organizations

  • Student Parks, Recreation and Tourism Association
  • Rho Phi Lambda
  • Club Managers Association of America