Parks, Recreation, & Leisure

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

68,390

growing 4.51%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,610

growing 2.08%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$27,640

growing 3.4%

Average Wage

$56,493

growing 3.87%

People in Workforce

583,243

growing 3.76%

Average Employee Age

35.7

growing 1.09%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degree recipients are New York, NY, Iowa City, IA, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degree recipients are Carpinteria, CA, Forest City, FL, and Daphne, AL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Parks, Recreation, & Leisure is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure and the types of students that study this field. University of Iowa awards the most degrees in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure in the US, but Professional Golfers Career College and Golf Academy of America-Phoenix have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Tuition costs for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors are, on average, $6,610 for in-state public colleges, and $27,640 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Parks, Recreation, & Leisure programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (548 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (44,819 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure, is Public, 4-year or above (44,819 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Parks, Recreation, & Leisure programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,610

Median In-State Public

$27,640

Median Out of State Private

University of Iowa has the most Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degree recipients, with 690 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Parks, Recreation, & Leisure programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Professional Golfers Career College and Golf Academy of America-Phoenix have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors is $56,493 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Physical therapists, and Miscellaneous managers.

The industry that employs the most Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Broadcasting (except internet).

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$56,493

Average Wage in Workforce

± $1,860

3.87%

1 Year Growth

± 4.49%

The average salary for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors is $56,493 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Physical therapists, and Miscellaneous managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors working as Physical therapists, Podiatrists, and Physical therapist assistants & aides.

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Occupations by Share

583,243

2017 Workforce

± 18,713

3.76%

1 Year Growth

± 4.41%

The number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.76%, from 562,097 in 2016 to 583,243 in 2017.

The largest single share of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (6.16%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries that employ Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Hospitals, and Amusement & Recreation.

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Industries by Share

583,243

2017 Workforce

± 18,713

3.76%

1 Year Growth

± 4.41%

The number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.76%, from 562,097 in 2016 to 583,243 in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Hospitals. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure is 35.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degrees, and White students earn the majority (43,102) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

35.7

Average Age in 2017

± 0.346 Years

1.09%

1 Year Change

± 1.39%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure. The most common ages of employees with this major are 26 and 25 years old, which represent 5.32% and 5.32% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (53.7%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    43,102 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8,275 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    7,583 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    17,270 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    16,318 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Male

    3,251 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Canada

    4,328 degree recipients

  2. Philippines

    3,617 degree recipients

  3. India

    3,232 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Canada

    6.99 times more than expected

  2. Iraq

    3.07 times more than expected

  3. United Kingdom, not specified

    2.8 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Canada that hold Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degrees (6.99 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Canada (4,328 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Parks, Recreation, & Leisure field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors need many skills, but most especially Coordination. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Coordination, and Service Orientation.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Maintenance is very distinctive for majors, but the Coordination, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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