Employment Opportunities

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    Our graduates pursue many different paths after graduation. Some choose to continue on with their education, working towards a diploma or degree with Capilano University. Others seek further certification and training within the industry. Those that immediately enter the workforce have found that the Outdoor Recreation Management program prepares them for a variety of positions. Many use their skills as:

    ˃ Adventure Guide˃ Park Interpreter
    ˃ Outdoor Recreation Instructor˃ Youth Worker
    ˃ Camp Coordinator / Leader˃ Outdoor Recreation, specifically in retail
    ˃ Community Recreation Programmer˃ Educator
    ˃ Park Ranger> NGO development work

    The outdoor industry is a dynamic industry where employers look extensively at the experience, people skills, personality and professionalism of the employee before hiring. Not everyone is suited to work in an industry where your ability to interact positively with others is given equal, if not greater emphasis than your skills and ability. We give our graduates a great start in the industry - for those driven to succeed and who have the right attitude.

    1500 students have successfully graduated from our Outdoor Recreation programs since 1973.

    Employability

    The continued growth in outdoor recreation and adventure tourism sectors has created a rising demand for qualified individuals and industry leaders.

    • In British Columbia this demand is evident, with the total number of outdoor adventure tourism jobs currently at about 21,000 (Destination BC, 2014).
    • The BC Tourism Strategy ‘Gaining the Edge’ has targeted sector revenue of $18 billion by 2016, which represents 5% growth per year. This strategic goal is integrated in the BC Jobs Plan. The strategy identifies six key product growth areas including skiing/snowboarding, outdoor adventure and ecotourism, and aboriginal tourism.
    • According to Go2’s BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy (2012) there are an estimated 17,943 tourism-related businesses across the province, employing about 260,000 workers, or 10.8 per cent of British Columbia’s total labour force of 2.4 million people. The number of jobs (full year equivalencies) in the tourism and hospitality sector is projected to increase from 255,860 in 2010 to 300,080 by 2020. It is estimated that there will be around 20,500 new jobs in recreation and entertainment.

    From a North American perspective: 

    • According to a study conducted for the US National Fish and Wildlife Council in 2011 for example, the total contribution from outdoor sports in the United States is nearly $821 billion a year and generates 6,435,000 U.S. jobs.
    • Outdoor recreation sales (gear and trips combined) of $325 billion per year are greater than annual returns from pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing ($162 billion), legal services ($253 billion), and power generation and supply ($283 billion) (US National Fish and Wildlife Council, 2011).