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RPTA QUAD CITIES
The Career Advantage
A Bachelors degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration gives you the flexibility to work at recreation, health and human services agencies in the public, non-profit and commercial sectors. Recreation and leisure services is over a half-trillion dollar industry in the United States (Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2008) and is a significant segment of the growing services sector of the economy. Upon graduation, RPTA students find positions as managers and recreation therapists in a wide variety of recreation, health and human services agencies such as city parks and recreation departments, YW/YMCA’s, tourism bureaus, resorts, hotel & convention centers, national and state parks, museums and historic sites, hospitals, community mental health centers, and other health and human services agencies. Careers in leisure services offer excellent working conditions and good wage and benefits packages. RPTA graduates find working in leisure services very rewarding because they are helping to improve people’s quality of life.