Recreation, Sport and Tourism

businesswoman with tablet
smiling woman with Stanley Cup trophy
2 students walking up stairs of campus library

Prepare to be a leader in this unique, multifaceted, and exciting industry

Want to be a leader in the largest, most profitable industry in the world? Want to have a career helping people live healthy lives? Look no further than a major in Recreation, Sport and Tourism! Our world-class faculty and industry experts have developed a cutting edge curriculum and practical experiences that set you apart, preparing you to lead. Exciting careers in our field span from sport marketing and park district management to destination promotion and event planning. Be part of a proud, influential, world-wide alumni network with a degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism from the University of Illinois.

RST offers three concentration areas:

  • >  Recreation Management
  • >  Sport Management
  • >  Tourism Management

There are hundreds of career paths for RST graduates. Here are just a few:

  • Airline Sales & Service Supervisor
  • Aquatics Director
  • Arena Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Campus Recreation Coordinator
  • Collegiate Sport Manager
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Community Relations
  • Director
  • Conference & Tradeshow Manager
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Manager
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Country Club Manager
  • Cruise Line Manager
  • Cultural Arts Manager
  • Customer Relations Manager
  • Destination Marketer
  • Entertainment Director
  • Guest Experiences Manager
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • e-Sport Marketer
  • Fan Experience Manager
  • Fish & Wildlife Technician
  • Fundraiser
  • Golf Administrator
  • Hotel Manager
  • International Tours Director
  • Luxury Travel Consultant
  • Marina Manager
  • Media Relations Director
  • Military Sport & Recreation Manager
  • Museum Manager
  • Natural Resources Specialist
  • Olympic Sports Site Coordinator
  • Paralympic Sport Manager
  • Park Ranger
  • Park Supervisor
  • Recreation Center Director
  • Resort Manager
  • School Sports Director
  • Social Media Director
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Sport Media Manager
  • Sport Policy Analyst
  • Sport Program Manager
  • Sport Sponsorship & Sales Director
  • Sports Equipment Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Stadium Manager
  • Talent Representative
  • Team Manager
  • Theme Park Manager
  • Ticket Manager
  • Tourism Development Specialist
  • Wilderness Specialist
  • Youth Development Specialist
  • Zoo Manager

Here are just a few of the organizations that employ RST graduates:

  • American Airlines
  • Arista Records
  • Boise Park System
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Denver Sports Commission
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • John Elway Corporation
  • Lake County Forest Preserve District
  • Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • McCormick Place
  • Meadows Country Club
  • Motorola
  • National Park Service
  • New England Patriots
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • NFL Network
  • Pac 12 Sports Network
  • PGA
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • SmithBucklin
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Ticketmaster
  • United Way
  • United States Olympic Committee
  • Vail Recreation District
  • Youth for Understanding

An internship experience provides the opportunity to further apply that knowledge in the field with the support of the RST faculty. Through rigorous cross-training across recreation, sport, and tourism, RST graduates are well-prepared for graduate studies in a variety of fields and rapid career advancement in the industry.

For more information about the Recreation, Sport and Tourism undergraduate program, contact advisor Patty Pyrz at