Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Recreation and fitness

Recreation and fitness field of degree. Employment: 796,370. Median annual wage: $48,000.

Recreation and fitness field of degree. Employment: 796,370. Median annual wage: $48,000

Table 1. Recreation and fitness degree, 2019.

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Table 1. Recreation and fitness degree, 2019
Data Recreation and fitness All fields

Employment

796,370 56,820,460

Median wage

48,000 60,000

Percent employed part time

17 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

48 61

Percent with an advanced degree

32 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 1. Types of recreation and fitness major, 2019.

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Chart 1. Types of recreation and fitness major, 2019
Recreation and fitness major Major share

Physical Fitness Parks Recreation And Leisure

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a recreation and fitness degree, by occupational group, 2019.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a recreation and fitness degree, by occupational group, 2019
Occupational group Occupational group share

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

17%

Management occupations

14

Educational instruction and library occupations

13

Sales and related occupations

9

Office and administrative support occupations

8

Other

39

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a recreation and fitness degree.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a recreation and fitness degree
Occupational Outlook Handbook profile Percent growth, projected 2020–30 Typical entry-level education Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2019 Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2019

Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

39% High school diploma or equivalent 4% 13%

Coaches and scouts

26 Bachelor's degree 2 17

Postsecondary teachers

24 See How to Become One 2 73

Physical therapists

21 Doctoral or professional degree 5 66

Registered nurses

9 Bachelor's degree 3 12

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

8 Bachelor's degree 3 54

Elementary school teachers, except special education

7 Bachelor's degree 4 48

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

7 Bachelor's degree 4 20

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

4 High school diploma or equivalent 2 8

Retail salespersons

-1 No formal educational credential 2 3

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Recreation and fitness,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/recreation-and-fitness/recreation-and-fitness-field-of-degree.htm (visited January 16, 2022).

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