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6 Possible Careers for a Sport and Recreation Management Major

The career field is broad for those who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work with athletic administrations at Division I, II and III universities, professional teams, parks and recreation programs and more; all thanks to experience and knowledge gained here at South Dakota State University.

Here are a few examples of what your future could be with this four-year degree:


Athletic Director

By enrolling in this program, SDState students have the chance to gain hands-on experience through Jackrabbit Athletics. As a Division I athletic program, students can take those skills and transfer them to university or high school athletic programs.

Athletic directors oversee all aspects of their programs, everything from hiring coaches, scheduling games, preparing budgets and overseeing promotion and facility management. This position calls for strong leadership skills and the ability to make level-headed decisions. Think that this is something for you? Read more about a master’s degree in sports and recreation administration.


Director of marketing for professional sports teams or universities

Have a strong passion for sports or a particular team? Then sports marketing may be great for you. Sports marketers create content for the web, social media, television, print media and more. They also are involved in promotion of sponsors on game day. Sports marketing is great for multitaskers and those who like working on a deadline. See yourself posting about your favorite team or finding sponsors? If so, sports marketing may be for you.


Event coordinator

See yourself planning a bowl game, events for the College World Series or maybe a marathon? An event coordinator works with caterers, equipment rentals, venue logistics, talent and more to plan sporting events. They control several aspects of the event overall to make a great fan and athlete experience. This career is great for those that are detail-oriented and can thrive under pressure.


Park manager

Do you like being outside or are in awe with animals and nature? Becoming a park manager could be a career path for you. As a park manager, working for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks allows you to maintain those beautiful spaces in nature, promote and regulate hunting and develop an area for all to enjoy. Enduring South Dakota’s (and other states) weather elements is a must for a job in this career field.


Municipal recreation manager

Do you like coordinating programs for people of all ages? Do you want your career to not feel like an everyday job? Managing recreation programs from adult basketball to children’s T-ball would be a part of this career. Making sure fields and facilities are maintained and booked for activities would also be a job duty. Having great multitasking skills and an organized calendar are key to being a municipal recreation manager.


Youth sports coordinator

Are you great with children? Is keeping kids active important? Becoming a youth sports coordinator may be for you. Arrange activities through the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and more to let children have fun while learning the fundamentals of sports. Developing activities for children of specific age groups and observing and supervising children are just a few things done by youth sports coordinators. Those who have a passion for children and teaching new skills would thrive in this career.