GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

 HOW TO PURSUE A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN

RECREATION

Thrive as a recreation major and professional

HOW TO PURSUE A SUCCESSCUL CAREER IN

PUBLIC HEALTH

WHAT IS MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING?

Choose the definition that fits:

Another way to describe mechanical and industrial engineering.
The science behind inventions and machinery.
The science behind inventions and machinery.        
Another way to describe mechanical and industrial engineering.

INCORRECT

Manufacturing Engineering is the research, design, and creation of safe and efficient processes and products.

CORRECT

Manufacturing Engineering is the research, design, and creation of safe and efficient processes and products.

WHAT IS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE RECREATION INDUSTRY?

Choose the definition that fits:

To organize games and events in communities

To help public schools more effectively encourage student exercise

The science behind inventions and machinery.        
To care for natural and cultural environments

ACTUALLY...

The recreation industry exists to care for the natural and cultural environment.Various sectors of the industry do this by offering enriching experiences, bringing families and communities together, preserving nature, and helping communities grow economically.

Keep reading to learn more about what you can do and earn as a recreation professional, and how to get there.

CORRECT

The recreation industry exists to care for the natural and cultural environment.Various sectors of the industry do this by offering enriching experiences, bringing families and communities together, preserving nature, and helping communities grow economically.

Keep reading to learn more about what you can do and earn as a recreation professional, and how to get there.

CAREER OUTLOOK

At the director level, recreation managers made an average of $62,000 to $99,000 in 2011.4

WHAT INTERESTS YOU MOST?

HOW TO CHOOSE A PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOOL IN 5 STEPS

step 1

Determine the degree you want.

While working in recreation doesn’t require a degree, having a full-time job and growing in therapy or management does.

step 2

Research the degree programs to confirm your interest.

Explore curriculums and class descriptions to confirm your passion for the recreation field. Do the programs on your shortlist offer areas of emphasis you’re interested in?

step 3

Interview professors at your top-choice schools.

Find out if their interests match your own. Ask about current students and program alumni. What are their plans for their future in recreation or tourism?

step 4

Explore the school’s shadowing, internship, and certification opportunities.

Have past students participated in successful internships? Are they employed in a job they love? If you’re considering recreational therapy, does the program prepare you for national certification?

step 5

Choose the school that cares about your career from the start.

This program’s faculty will be there for you every step of the way, from the first lecture through all your major career decisions. You will find stories of success in students, alumni and professors who are willing to help you succeed.

step 1

Determine the degree you want. Nearly all manufacturing engineers need a bachelor’s degree to get started, and a master’s degree to grow.

step 2

Find a specialization you're passionate about.

step 3

Interview professors at your top-choice schools. Find out if their interests match your own.

step 4

Explore the school’s research and internship opportunities. Can you prepare for a career and dig deep into a topic you love there?

step 5

Choose the school that cares about your career from the start. This program’s faculty will be there for you every step of the way, from the first lecture through all your major career decisions.

FIND THE RIGHT PRACTICAL TRAINING

As a Recreation major, you will have the opportunity to work in your dream setting. We’ve listed some examples below. Ensure your program focuses on critical thinking skills so you can apply what you learn to the endless job opportunities available.
  • National Park Service
  • Scuba diving instruction
  • Law enforcement ranger
  • Adaptive adventure sports instruction
  • Environmental education
  • Park management
  • Museum curation
  • Event planning
  • Conference planning
  • Tourism agencies
  • City parks and recreation departments
  • Recreational therapy at hospitals, schools, camps, nursing homes, correctional facilities, mental health centers, and camps

SET YOURSELF APART

Your program should prepare you with on-the-job skills you need for a successful career. These few extra steps can set you apart from the competition.

FIND A MENTOR

2.2x

Students have 2.2X higher odds of being engaged at their future jobs if they have an encouraging mentor.5

Meet regularly with a professor, senior student, or industry professional to:

  • Hone your interests
  • Define your career path
  • Meet goals along the way

PURSUE RESEARCH

Find out if you’re passionate about topics like:

  • Helping others connect to their environments
  • The therapeutic qualities of recreational activities
  • How environmental preservation impacts the human experience in nature

GET AN INTERNSHIP

Gain real-world experience while you’re still in school to:

  • Acquire career-relevant skills
  • Build your resume
  • Earn college credit while gaining hands-on work experience

FIND THE RIGHT PRACTICAL TRAINING

YOU NEED THESE SKILLS FOR SUCCESS3

Project Managment

Sustainability Product Life Cycle

Process Improvement

Additive and Reverse Engineering

Lean Manufacturing

Automation and Robotics

CATIA (CAD/CAM/CAE)

Engineering Design

SET YOURSELF APART

Your program should prepare you with on-the-job skills you need for a successful career. These few extra steps can set you apart from the competition.

FIND A MENTOR

2.2x

Students have 2.2X higher odds of being engaged at their future jobs if they have an encouraging mentor.4

Meet regularly with a professor, senior student, or industry professional to:

  • Hone your interests
  • Define your career path
  • Meet goals along the way

PURSUE RESEARCH

Find out if you’re passionate about topics like:

  • Nanomaterials processing
  • Impact resistant materials
  • Friction stir welding
  • Additive manufacturing

GET AN INTERNSHIP OR CO-OP

$18/h

Sophomore engineering interns earned an average of $18.01 per hour in 2012.5

Gain real-world experience while you’re still in school to:

  • Learn entry-level skills
  • Build your resume
  • Earn college credit for relevant work
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