Sport and Recreation

Overview of Sport and Recreation

Careers in the field of sport and recreation promote physical fitness, social and psychological well-being as well as healthy nutrition. 

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A day in the life of an athletic director

Get details on the salary and job security of these sport and recreation careers: 

Get Career Ready for Sport and Recreation

Find out what it takes to land a career in sport and recreation

Career Readiness Equation
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Earn a Degree

Earn Degree

To work in the field of sport and recreation, it is recommended to have a strong background in science, health, or business. Degree information can be found in the Mason Catalog.   


Along with your degree, professional certifications like these may increase your employment options:

Enroll in UNIV 421 (College to Grad School) to identify the advanced degree that will help you achieve your career goals and create the materials to apply.

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Gain Experiences

Gain Experiences

Employers expect at least six to twelve months of related experience to be competitive for full-time positions. Gain experience while you are a student at Mason.

Here are the types of experiences most valued by sport and recreation employers, and where to find them: 



Enroll in UNIV 320 (Internship Readiness) to develop your internship goals and search strategies to pursue career-related experiences.

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Market Yourself

Market Yourself

It is important for you to be able to clearly communicate the knowledge, skills and experiences you have gained in and outside of the classroom.

Get ideas on how to showcase your qualifications to sport and recreation employers from the resume samples below:


Enroll in UNIV 420 (College to Career) to develop your job search strategy, personal brand, networking skills, and more. Or, prepare for what's not in the job description - working effectively in teams, making the most of your benefits, and more by enrolling in UNIV 422 (Professional Skills Development).

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Career Ready

Career Ready


Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for sport and recreation employers, such as: 


George Mason Athletics 

Fairfax County Public Schools

Monumental Sports & Entertainment 

Washington Nationals

CACI National Inc

Georgetown University

Potomac River Running

University of Pennsylvania 



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Join the sport and recreation community

Get involved with academic and professional sport and recreation groups to grow your network while you're still a student. Your industry advisor can help you decide where to start.