Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Prepare for an Outstanding Career

Recreation, sport and tourism (RST) offer outstanding career prospects because they are each facets of the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. U.S. government statistics show that public and private recreation are among the most dynamic industries in the United States, contributing over $90 billion annually to national GDP, and with a better-than-average projected demand for new employees over the next decade.

Forbes magazine reports that the sport industry in North America is one of the fastest growing. It projects that by 2019 North American sport will be worth almost $75 billion. Tourism has the world’s largest economic impact, accounting for almost 10% to the world’s economic activity each year.

It is no wonder that 3 out of every 4 Illinois RST graduates are employed in the industry within a few months of graduation. Others are continuing to develop their skills by enrolling for graduate training because an Illinois degree from RST provides outstanding preparation for graduate school. The prospects for exciting and lucrative careers in recreation, sport and tourism have never been better.

The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism is internationally renowned for its excellence, low student-faculty ratio, ethnic and cultural diversity, and an extensive alumni network. In short, studying RST at the University of Illinois is the ideal way to prepare for a future of leadership in the world’s most vigourous and exhilarating industry.

For More Information:
Patty Pyrz
Academic Advisor (217) 333-4410


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

RST graduates have also created successful startups such as: All Sports Series, B2 Enterprises, LK Events,
and Plan Ahead Events.