Your Career Path to the Outdoors

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$16.4 BILLION
in oregon consumer spending
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$5.1 BILLION
in wages
+28%
$749 MILLION
in state and local tax
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175,000
in oregon jobs

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people
$16.4 BILLION
in Oregon consumer
spending
money%20(1)
$5.1 BILLION
in wages
+28%25
$749 MILLION
in state and local tax
revenue
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175,000
in Oregon jobs
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Outdoor Economy Overview

Through the Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative, Oregon State aims to accelerate the growth of the rapidly expanding outdoor industry: serving companies, nonprofits and public agencies.

Outdoor Industry Powerhouse

The outdoor recreation economy generated 4.3 million in-sector jobs in 2016, similar to the hospital sector (4.7 million) and the transportation and warehousing sector (4.7 million). And the outdoor recreation economy includes $887,000,000,000 in annual consumer spending.
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Why OSU

As Oregon’s land-grant institution, OSU has a 150+ year legacy of collaborating with industry, government, and community organizations to support and enhance sustainable natural resource-based jobs and industries. 
Degree Pathways

Degree Pathways

OSU offers a full Bachelor’s degree in Tourism, Recreation + Adventure Leadership (TRAL) with an emphasis in: Adventure Leadership, Nature, Eco and Adventure Tourism, Outdoor Recreation Management, and Sustainable Tourism Management.
Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Oregon State University's WorkSpace provides services and leadership to connect learners across Oregon and beyond with accessible educational opportunities.
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FUTURE READY

Learn more about Oregon Governor Kate Brown vision to “Close the skills gap for Oregon’s students and adults by providing the skills and job training they need to obtain good, family-wage jobs.”

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The Oregon Story

Outdoor recreation is core to the character and quality of life we enjoy in Oregon, and it is a big part of why people live here.

Nearly two out of three Oregonians enjoy outdoor recreation activities, and many rely on the state’s natural resources for their livelihoods.

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