Parks, Recreation, & Leisure

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
72,122
growing 0.238%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,070
growing 0%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$30,830
growing 3.38%
Average Wage
$62,018
growing 4.69%
People in Workforce
644,198
growing 5.89%
Average Employee Age
35.7
growing 0.00645%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, and Tempe, AZ. The locations with a relatively high number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degree recipients are Carpinteria, CA, Daphne, AL, and Town 'n' Country, FL. 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 International Sports Sciences Association and Focus Personal Training Institute have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Tuition costs for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors are, on average, $7,070 for in-state public colleges, and $30,830 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 (599 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (47,521 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 (47,521 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

$7,070
Median In-State Public
$30,830
Median Out of State Private

University of Iowa has the most Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degree recipients, with 697 degrees awarded in 2020.

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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, International Sports Sciences Association has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure, with 100%.

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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 $62,018 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Physical therapists, and Other managers.

The industry that employs the most Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Recyclable material merchant wholesalers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$62,018
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,907
4.69%
1 Year Growth
± 4.21%

The average salary for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors is $62,018 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Physical therapists, and Other 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.

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Occupations

Most Common

The most common occupations Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers, Physical therapists, and Other managers.

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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, Physical therapist assistants & aides, and Recreational therapists.

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Occupations by Share

644,198
2020 Workforce
± 19,662
5.89%
1 Year Growth
± 4.14%

The number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.89%, from 608,354 in 2019 to 644,198 in 2020.

The largest single share of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (5.24%). 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

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Industries by Share

644,198
2020 Workforce
± 19,662
5.89%
1 Year Growth
± 4.14%

The number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.89%, from 608,354 in 2019 to 644,198 in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) 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.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure is 35.7.

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 are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (40,648 students).

Workforce Age

35.7
Average Age in 2020
± 0.33 Years
0.00645%
1 Year Change
± 1.33%

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 5.21% and 5.16% 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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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (51.7%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex 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
    40,648 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    11,806 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    8,822 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 Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Female
    15,930 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    15,750 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    4,183 degrees awarded

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

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    4,095 degree recipients
  2. India
    3,931 degree recipients
  3. Canada
    3,143 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. England
    4.89 times more than expected
  2. Canada
    4.26 times more than expected
  3. Lithuania
    4.23 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in England that hold Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degrees (4.89 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 Mexico (4,095 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 Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Installation, and Technology Design.

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 Selection is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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