Yosemite National Park

The public’s desire for quality of life, the pursuit of happiness, and for well organized leisure activities drives a $600 billion marketplace supporting parks and recreation, more than $152 billion in sport management, and a $1.3 trillion investment in tourism. Students interested in Parks, Recreation and Sport are individuals who are active, involved in sports, the great outdoors, and enjoy travel. The BS in Parks, Recreation & Sport with emphasis in Tourism Development offers students 12-week hands-on training in the area of interest.  Students gain experience through coursework and internships. Tourism development, marketing and event specialists grow in careers associated with tourism venues and enterprises; resorts; local, state and regional economic development agencies; and visitor and convention services. They are responsible for promoting their clients throughout the broadly defined tourism industry. This includes organizing promotional and profitable events for venues and communities, developing public relations materials or establishing relationships with various local interest groups.  Sport managers are hired by professional sport team’s organizations and associations as well as collegiate athletics, sport facilities, in addition to positions in sporting goods, media, administration, and finance.

Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: