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Fitness & Recreation, B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Do you have a passion for sports, fitness and recreation? Would you like to serve as role model who inspires others to stay healthy and fit? If these qualities motivate you, perhaps a degree in fitness and recreation could turn your passion into a career.

Fitness and recreation professionals work with individuals, groups and teams to help youth and adults pursue healthy lifestyles. This program is designed to help you build a strong foundation of knowledge in exercise science, recreation, business and social sciences to ensure success in the fitness and recreation business.

 

Why choose Indiana Tech?

  • You will fulfill your passion of working in the fitness, recreation and sports industry.
  • Our degree program will prepare you for a satisfying job working with youth and adults who are pursuing healthy lifestyles.
  • You will serve as a role model who inspires other to achieve or maintain a fit and healthy life.
  • You will achieve a human performance minor, as it is embedded within the fitness and recreation major.
  • Indiana Tech fosters an active learning environment, enriched by instructors who possess years of experience in their respective fields.
Caleb Schannep

Caleb Schannep
B.S. in Fitness & Recreation, 2016
Long before achieving his fitness and recreation degree in 2016, Caleb applied the skills he was learning in his Indiana Tech classrooms out in the Fo... Read full story

Careers in this Degree

Graduates with this degree have pursued careers in the following fields:

  • Fitness training
  • Health club management
  • Recreation program development/management

Job Outlook

Below are some of the potential career opportunities available to graduates with this degree. Additionally, you will find national statistics for average annual salaries, as identified by 2019 National Park and Recreation Association statistics. Salaries can vary based on the market in which you live and the prior experience you bring to the position.

  • Park and recreation agency director $101,450/year
  • Planning director $79,262/year
  • Recreation director $79,169/year
  • Park operations director $74,262/year
  • Facilities manager $60,519/year
  • Athletics supervisor $55,515/year
  • Aquatics supervisor $52,712/year

Warriors in the Workplace

Indiana Tech graduates with this degree have earned jobs at:

  • YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne
  • Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
  • The Plex, Fort Wayne
  • World Baseball Academy
  • Turnstone

Internship Opportunities

Indiana Tech students pursuing this degree have interned with:

  • YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne
  • Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
  • The Plex, Fort Wayne
  • World Baseball Academy
  • Turnstone
  • Parkview Health & Fitness Centers
  • Wildwood Racquet Club

Dr. Joseph Warning

Program Lead

Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Warning worked as a strength and conditioning coach in the Chicago Cubs organization and as a personal trainer. He is active in a number of professional organizations within the realm of exercise science including American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM). His research interests include resistance training and physical activity interventions in children and adolescents.

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.S., Illinois State University
  • B.S., Illinois State University