Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Recreation and fitness

Recreation and fitness field of degree. Employment: 724,290. Median annual wage: $46,000.

Recreation and fitness field of degree. Employment: 724,290. Median annual wage: $46,000

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Table 1. Recreation and fitness degree, 2018

Data

Recreation and fitness

All fields

Employment

724,290 55,381,020

Median wage

$46,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

17 15

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

47 59

Percent with an advanced degree

32 37

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

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Chart 1. Types of recreation and fitness major, 2018

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.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a recreation and fitness degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

18%

Management occupations

13

Educational instruction and library occupations

12

Sales and related occupations

10

Office and administrative support occupations

8

Other

38

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

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

Table 2.

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

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Physical therapists

18% Doctoral or professional degree 5% 66%

Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

15 High school diploma or equivalent 3 14

Coaches and scouts

12 Bachelor's degree 2 18

Registered nurses

7 Bachelor's degree 3 12

Physicians, all other; and ophthalmologists, except pediatric

4 Doctoral or professional degree 2 100

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 6 50

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

4 Bachelor's degree 2 53

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

4 Master's degree 2 55

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

1 High school diploma or equivalent 2 8

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

-2 Bachelor's degree 4 21

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 July 06, 2021).

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