Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management
Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management specializes in the planning and management of parks, recreation and sport areas and facilities, tourism attractions and leisure activities in a range of environments for all ages and lifestyles. There are three concentrations available: Program Management, Park & Natural Resource Recreation, and Tourism & Commercial Recreation Management.
The Program Management Concentration prepares students to develop and manage organized activities for individuals and groups. Students can choose elective courses from these areas: natural resource/interpretive settings, commercial/tourism settings, outdoor leadership, community settings, and program administration.
The Park and Natural Resource Recreation Concentration provides a background for students to pursue positions in planning, managing, and maintaining parks and other natural resource areas at the federal, state, regional or local levels and in settings ranging from primitive to urban.
The Tourism and Commercial Recreation Concentration provides preparation for positions in planning, marketing, and managing tourism facilities, attractions, and products in the private, public, or government sector.
You are strongly encouraged to gain career-related experience prior to graduation in the form of an internship, summer job, or co-op. The student internship is a 10 week (400 hour) experience required of all undergraduate students in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University. The internship is designed to create an opportunity for students to participate in and make application of learned theory to all phases of an agency operation. Internships should provide the student with experiences in program development, administrative procedures, supervision, facility operation, and maintenance. Internships may take place with a variety of agencies (public, private, semi private, and commercial) where personnel qualified to supervise students are employed and where the program can provide varied and sequential experiences. Students are not permitted to register for any additional courses in the semester that they complete their internship.
Co-op is a program of alternating semesters of work and school. Paid work terms of increasing responsibility enable students to graduate with the minimum equivalent of one year of relevant work experience. Full-time enrollment during the semester prior to the first work term is required. You can begin co-op after completion of at least two semesters (30 credit hours) at NC State (one semester for transfers and graduate students). An NC State transcript must show grades and admission to a degree program. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 (3.00 for graduate students) is required. The Co-op Office web site lists the Orientation Schedule, which is the first step to program participation.
Internships are typically full-time during the summer or (for some) part-time during the semester. You can start interning or seeking summer jobs related to your field, whenever you are ready. The University Career Center provides services to help you get started.
Participate in ePack, the Career Center's on-line system that connects employees with students through internship postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and resume searches. You may activate your ePack account at any time.
Internship ExamplePerforms a wide variety of visitor service and education functions including staffing visitor contact station, operating a fee collection station, roving park trails, assisting park visitors with directions, orientation, trail information and in learning about the park·s natural and cultural history. Other duties can include the design and presentation of one or more interpretive programs, or assistance with the same, to school and general audience visitors. Employer: state park.
The following lists provide a brief sampling of the kind of jobs and work environments you might find with a degree in this major. These titles and work settings are by no means an exhaustive listing. Because the world of work is always changing, over time job titles and work settings can change. The below listing is provided in hopes of giving you initial insight into a particular career field that would employ the skills and knowledge gained through this major.
Baccalaureate - $ 33,063
The salary listed above is an average starting salary based on skills and experiences gained at the Bachelors level. Keep in mind that salary level typically increases with additional experience and/or educational degrees.
Furthermore, you may have the opportunity to mold an entry-level position into your dream job and subsequently increase your salary as you learn more, add responsibilities and gain experience.
These resources include organizations, clubs, and conferences not affiliated with NC State and can be an important part of your career pursuit.
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