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Studying Outdoor Recreation Entrepreneurship at Weber State

Weber State’s outdoor recreation entrepreneurship emphasis teaches students who want to build their outdoor skillset in classes like rock climbing and cross-country skiing while preparing them for their future careers as entrepreneurs in the outdoor recreation industry.

Outdoor Recreation Entrepreneurship Highlights

Turn your passion into your profession with Weber State’s outdoor recreation entrepreneurship emphasis in outdoor & community recreation education. This degree provides an integrated course of study in partnership with the Goddard School of Business. In addition, students will develop the attitudes and skills to create and launch an outdoor venture.

Beyond the Classroom

You will gain hands-on training from industry experts, access to multiple internship opportunities and the certifications necessary to graduate prepared to enter the industry as the next generation of professionals. Coursework for this degree track covers topics such as business fundamentals, accounting and finance, sales and marketing and outdoor equipment production and retailing. Students in this program are also eligible to participate in several business competitions with awards ranging from $250-$30,000 to help with business start-up costs. 

You can also develop skills in recreation activities, including: 

  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Rock climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba
  • Fishing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Hiking
  • Backcountry touring

What You’ll Learn at Weber

You'll develop the skills necessary for a career in the outdoor recreation industry. This includes effectively utilizing and leveraging the recreation industry to promote personal growth, health and wellness, and economic and environmental sustainability. You'll gain experience in: 

  • Issues, trends and foundations of the recreation field
  • Leadership development
  • Program design and implementation
  • Technical skills and professional certifications in recreational activities
  • Management skills

What You Can Do After Weber

  • Start your own recreation company
  • Outdoor retailers
  • Outdoor/adventure education centers
  • Wilderness and adventure therapy programs
  • Guiding/outfitting companies
  • Tourism companies
  • Not-for-profit and private camps
  • Wellness centers
  • Youth development programs
  • U.S. Forest Service, BLM & National Park Service
  • State parks
  • Community parks & recreation
  • Environmental education & interpretation
  • Equipment manufacture & sales

Career & Salary Outlook

Utah has one of the highest employment location quotients and wages in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2018, employment in the recreation industry was 1.5 times higher in Utah than the national average.

Common careers for outdoor recreation administration graduates in the U.S. and Utah
Descriptions, job outlook, salary information and more...