Tourism and Outdoor Leadership provides the outdoor leadership, business, communication, and other skills necessary for success in various sectors. Students learn the technical and group leadership skills needed to be an outdoor guide, educator, or trip leader. Students also learn the concepts, theory, and business skills needed to move beyond guiding and into management or creation of their own business.
Degree: BS in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership, Minor in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership
Options: Adventure Leadership and Education, Eco and Advanture Tourism, International Ecotourism, Recreation Management
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Potential career options in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership:
Use the career exploration resources to learn about the potential career options below.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)
Client Services Rep.
Head of Experiential Learning
Park or Forest Ranger
Public Relations Specialist
Rock Climbing Guide
Whitewater Rafting Guide
Where are OSU Tourism and Outdoor Leadership alumni working?
(Data obtained from LinkedIn)
General Manager, Wanderlust Tours
Operations Manager, Tetherow Resort
Industry & Visitor Services Manager, Travel Oregon
Director of Sales, The Allison Inn & Spa
Lead Back Country Ranger, Student Conservation Association
Wilderness Ranger, US Forest Service
General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
Senior Client Engagement Manager, Ventana Research
Director of Marketing, JC Resorts
Recreation Associate, Seventh Mountain Resort
Outdoor Recreation Planner, Bureau of Land Management
Ranch Manager, Cascades Camp & Conference Center
Videographer/Editor, TeamPeople @ Intel
Adventure Planning Concierge, Brasada Ranch Resort
Where have OSU students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?
Tumalo Kayak and Canoe
Sun Country Tours
Athletic Club of Bend
Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau
First Ascent Climbing Services
Timeberline Mountain Guides
US Forest Service
In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.
In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership.
Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities. This is a sampling of professional associations that you could get involved in.