Consider a College Education in Recreation and Tourism…in Vermont!
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If college is in your immediate future and if you have a passion for skiing or riding in the Green Mountain State, consider applying to the University of Vermont’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program (PRT), a major in the nationally acclaimed Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. PRT offers an unsurpassed college education from which to launch successful careers in the Recreation and Tourism industry, an industry that is a cornerstone of many states’ economies, including Vermont’s.
Why should you consider pursuing a career in Recreation and Tourism at UVM? First, consider the strength of this exciting field. Using Vermont as an example, during the recent recession, when business sectors, manufacturing, construction, and most other industries lost thousands of jobs, the Recreation and Tourism sector of Vermont’s economy added 2,000 jobs! Second, pay scales in the field are competitive with other careers, with year round jobs ranging from a base of $20 – 25,000 for entry level positions to $140,000 and more for managerial positions. Third, workers across Vermont’s Recreation and Tourism industry have a 94% satisfaction rate with careers in this field. It is a solid life decision to love what you do for work!
The PRT Program at UVM is an integral part of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The curriculum is based on a natural resource foundation, providing students with environmentally based learning, essential knowledge for maximizing success in many fields of work today, when the world we live in is challenged to re-generate itself and become sustainable into the future. PRT specific courses include for example: Foundations of Recreation and Tourism, Ski Area Management, Park and Wilderness Management, Ecotourism, Tourism Planning, Park and Recreation Design, Entrepreneurship in Recreation and Tourism, Wilderness Education and Leadership, and more!
Additionally, UVM’s PRT students participate in valuable internship learning experiences throughout Vermont, across the USA, and around the world. Many PRT students also pursue minor concentrations in fields such as business administration, political science, or a foreign language, in order to maximize the value from their educational experiences at UVM..
Together, PRT faculty and the career services staff assist graduating students in securing rewarding career track jobs in all aspects of the Recreation and Tourism industry, from community recreation and public park management to the hospitality industry (lodging and food), and the mountain (ski) resort business. Our graduates often find excellent job opportunities right here in Vermont, as well as across the USA and around the world.
There is another compelling reason to consider studying at UVM. The campus home of the Rubenstein School, the George D. Aiken Center, located adjacent to UVM’s fabulous Davis Student Center, completed a multi-million dollar renovation last year and is now a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum building. The core of your learning environment at UVM will be in the most environmentally advanced building on the UVM campus and indeed in one of the most environmentally advanced buildings on any campus in the world!
It is probable that one of your greatest joys of visiting is the outdoor recreation that Vermont offers, is known for world-wide, and that attracts tourists by the thousands year round. Pursuing your passion for the outdoors is the opportunity we offer in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism program at UVM. Consider transforming your play into a career track on the beautiful UVM campus!
For more information about UVM’s Rubenstein School and the PRT program, go to www.uvm.edu/rsenr. For information about the many other programs offered at UVM, including Mathematics & Engineering, Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, Pre-Med and Nursing, Community Development, Agriculture and more, go to www.uvm.edu.
Photo: Students in UVM's Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program learn on a field trip to Sugarbush Resort that includes skiing and riding followed by an information packed three hour program presented by Sugarbush's management team...an excellent way to learn about the industry while "testing" the product!
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