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What Can I do with a Major in Natural Resources & Tourism?

The information in this article describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.

by University of Georgia Career Center

The Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism major prepares students to work in environmental settings (of natural, cultural, and/or historical significance) that provide natural resource recreation and/or tourism opportunities. The curriculum provides a solid understanding of the environmental, economic, political, and social factors influencing recreation development and management.

Employment opportunities for graduating students include tourism development, protected area management, environmental education (with schools), environmental interpretation (with agencies), park management, and recreation/tourism planning. Potential employers include local/county, state, and national parks/forests, public, private and not-for-profit nature centers, adventure and wilderness programs, environmental education centers, wildlife sanctuaries and preserves, and nature-based tourism and outdoor recreation organizations (public and private).

Published May 2022

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