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As a leisure expert, you may take up a career in large enterprises in the cultural and leisure sectors, consultancy and engineering agencies, property developers, sports associations, event organisations or state, provincial and local authorities.

Career examples

Examples of possible professions and employers are:

  • Leisure policy developer at for example local and regional authorities (Breda, Noord-Brabant)
  • Consultant at for example engineering and consultancy offices (Grontmij, DHV, Berenschot)
  • Academic and applied researcher at for example universities, SCP or W.J.H. Mulier institute
  • Lecturer at for example NHTV, ROC’s
  • Project manager at for example large events, exhibitions, leisure project developers, banks
  • Staff member (sport) federations at for example NOC*NSF, cultural foundations, exhibitions

Labour Market Prospects

In the Keuzegids HBO 2015 (information is in Dutch) you can find an indication of the labour market prospects for recent graduates (average starter salary and percentage of unemployed among recent graduates). For the professional leisure programmes, the starter salary of recent graduates amounts to € 1725,- a month before taxes. Approximately 41% of the graduates have found a full-time job at bachelor level.

The logical next step for a graduate of an academic Bachelor programme is to continue with an academic Master. The first group of ‘International Leisure Studies’ students graduated in 2012, and since then ILS graduates have been accepted into Masters’ programmes on, for instance, leisure and tourism, cultural management, human resource management and marketing and communication. In addition, ILS graduates are ideally positioned to enter a career in research, policy development in sports or the cultural sector and consultancy on strategic issues in the public sector.

Graduating from NHTV in the Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies programme will earn you a Bachelor of Science degree and a chance to explore the boundless benefits of leisure activities!