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Campus Recreation Administrator: Employment Information

Find out what type of education and experience are needed to pursue a career as a campus recreation administrator. Read about employment prospects, potential earnings and alternate career options for campus recreation administrators here.

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Career Definition of a Campus Recreation Administrator

Campus recreation administrator direct and oversee the exercise, sports and other related activities for colleges or universities. Their responsibilities can include managing budgets, creating programs, overseeing employees and collaborating with students and school officials to promote involvement in campus activities. Campus recreation administrators must maintain current recreational programs and facilities and develop and implement new programs.

Educational Requirements Master's preferred, those with bachelor's and work experience may qualify for entry-level positions
Job Skills Strong communication skills, knowledge of trends in the field and experience working in management
Median Salary (2015)* $88,580 (all postsecondary education administrators)
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 9% (all postsecondary education administrators)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

Most careers in campus recreation require a Master of Education in Recreation Administration or a related field. Candidates with a bachelor's degree and related work experience may qualify for some entry-level positions. According to the National Recreation and Park Association, there are more than 80 accredited degree programs in sports and recreation that may prepare candidates for careers in the field. Many degree programs either require or encourage internships to gain work experience, (www.NRPA.org).

Skills Required

As a large portion of their job involves interacting with students, employees and campus officials, campus recreation administrators must have several years of experience working in management. They should also be familiar with trends in campus recreation.

Career and Salary Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of jobs in postsecondary education administration, including recreation administration, is expected to grow 9% between 2014 and 2024, (www.bls.gov). Competition for jobs in campus recreation administration is expected to be high due to the limited number of positions available. According to the BLS, the median annual income for all postsecondary education administrators was $88,580 as of May 2015. Most also receive insurance and retirement benefits, (www.bls.gov).

Alternate Career Options

Similar career options in this field include:

Fitness Trainers and Instructors

Fitness trainers and instructors provide both youngsters and adults with instruction in cardiovascular exercise, stretching activities and weight training. They are typically employed by athletic centers, civic organizations, health clubs or schools. A professional certification may be required, and beyond a high school diploma, prerequisites may include an associate or a bachelor's degree in exercise science or physical education. According to the BLS, employment growth nationwide is expected to increase by 8%, or fast as average, from 2014-2024 for the field. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors were reported by the BLS to have earned median yearly salaries of $36,160 in May 2015, (www.bls.gov).

Recreational Therapists

Recreational therapists develop and implement arts, games and sports programs for individuals who have been affected by illness, injury or physical disability. Educational requirements typically include completion of a bachelor's degree program in recreational therapy; a credential as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist may be necessary as well. As reported by the BLS, employment the country is projected to increase by 12% from 2014-2024 for recreational therapists, who earned median annual wages of $45,890 in May 2015, (www.bls.gov).

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