Careers in Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
As a graduate of the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, a wide variety of career opportunities are available in both the private and public sectors, and in a variety of geographic and professional areas. Every year we receive job posts directly from employers specifically seeking the skill set that ORPT students and graduates have.
Potential employers include federal, provincial, and regional parks, protected areas and land trusts. Some graduates opt for positions in private and public recreation organizations including agencies offering adventure and outdoor skills development, as well as services particularly for youth, older adults, and persons with physical and mental impairments. Others choose to work for educational institutions and environmental groups. There are also many opportunities for entrepreneurs who build their own businesses in this field. In addition, you may elect to pursue further studies in a number of disciplines.
The broad range of applied and theoretical skills learned in our program allows graduates to find rewarding employment in a number of fields. Click on the links below to read about our graduates' exciting careers in the following areas:
- Outdoor/ Environmental Educators
- Camp Directors
- Conservation Specialists
- Recreation Programmers
- Adventure Guides
- Adventure and Educational Business Owners
- Heritage Interpreters
- Park Planners and Managers
- Tourism Development Advisors
- Recreation Therapists
- Classroom Teachers
- College/University Professors
- Wilderness Based Therapeutic Recreation Programmers
To learn more about finding a career, visit Lakehead University's Career Zone, which offers students assistance with job searches, resume-writing, interview skills, and professional networking.