Job Placement Percentage

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections for the employment rate of recreation professionals (SLPs) are expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2026.

Recreational Therapists  

  • 7% job growth expected through 2026 (9.6% in Minnesota) 
  • “As the large baby-boom generation ages, they will need recreational therapists to help treat age-related injuries and illnesses and to help them maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.” 

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners  

  • 10% job growth expected through 2026 
  • Job opportunities best for candidates with experience and a related bachelor’s degree. 

Recreation Workers, Conservation Scientists, and Foresters  

  • 9% job growth expected through 2026 (12.1 % in Minnesota) 
  • Outdoor recreation creates: 
  • 7.6 million American jobs  
  • $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue  
  • $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue.  
  • As we emphasize the importance of lifelong well-being, more recreation workers will be needed to work with children and adults in all setting from municipal recreation to commercial entities and nonprofits.

Social and Community Service Managers  

  • 16% job growth expected through 2026 
  • Employment growth will be driven by increases in the elderly population and health-related services.

Other employment opportunities include park planners, parks maintenance, and facility/operation managers, each of which has shown pronounced growth as the industry seeks to deal with increased pandemic-related visitation.