Career Guides

Outdoor Program Managers

Outdoor program managers design, plan, and coordinate the delivery of outdoor educational and recreational programs.

Where You Might Work

Program managers should expect to work in many locations, including: 

Key Responsibilities

The Attributes and Skills You Will Need

Salary: The average full-time salary for a recreation officer ranges between $65,000 and $75,000, according to 


The education pathways listed encompass the most common entry-level courses that can be undergone to become an outdoor program manager.

Course/sPotential Career Outcomes Further QualificationsDuration and/or Number of Units
Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership (SIS40621)Provides a pathway to work for any type of organisation that delivers outdoor recreation activities including commercial, not-for-profit, and commercial organisationsTertiary education qualifications in fields such as Teaching, Business, Psychology, or Social Work are highly desirable27 units recognised by the Australian Qualification Framework.
Bachelor’s degrees in Teaching, Business, Psychology, and Social WorkThese qualifications allow you to work in many different fields. They also give you a higher level of qualification compared to entry-level requirements for program management.n/a3-4 years full-time.
Diploma of Outdoor Leadership (SIS50421)Same pathway as above.n/a28 units recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework.


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