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Hitting the Turf: What to Expect from a Turf Management Degree


Posted on June 2, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

If you have a green thumb and like getting your hands dirty, turf management could be the right degree for you. The major prepares students for a slew of turf industry careers and plants the seed for dozens of job opportunities after graduation.

Whether you see yourself as a golf course superintendent, a grounds manager or a sports turf manager, a turf management degree offers tons of learning experiences in and out of the classroom. 

Think turf management is the right program for you? Read our post below to find out about the degree, available career paths and more.

  • Receive a Specialized and Well-Rounded Degree

Turf management is a four-year program that combines basic and applied science, business management and communications courses. Students study everything from plant diseases to economics and prepare themselves for a long, successful career in the turf industry.

A turf management degree, like ours at Delaware Valley University, is challenging and highly specialized. And through small class sizes, internships and hands-on experiences, students learn the skills they need throughout their careers.

  • Immerse Yourself in Experiential Learning

Getting turf industry experience during your undergraduate career is essential to your professional development. Whether you take an internship, study abroad or participate in research, working in a turf-related field will set you up for success at graduation.

At DelVal, all students are required to participate in the Experience360 Program, which emphasizes learning outside the classroom. Many of our turf management students graduate with three summers of paid work experience from two or more employers or take an internship. 

There are tons of employment and internship opportunities out there; you just have to find one that fits your interests and career goals. 

  • Open the Doors to Hundreds of Career Opportunities

The turf industry is a dynamic, exciting field with numerous career paths to consider. Graduates hold positions in turf sales, athletic field managing, turf research and more, and they have several career areas that they can concentrate on (more on this here). 

If you’re not sure which area you’d like to specialize in, take a few internships or get a summer job. Doing so will help you narrow down your career options and find a job in the turf industry you love.

  • Enjoy a Career with Room for Growth

Many turf management students find a job straight out of school. In fact, nearly 100% of DelVal’s turf management students graduate with a job in their field.

Entry-level turf management job salaries range between $35,000 and $40,000, but there’s plenty of opportunity for growth. Some positions, like golf superintendents, increase their salary to around $80,000 a year or more as their career advances.

There’s a lot you can do with a turf management degree. With the practical, hands-on skills you learn during your undergrad studies, turf management opens the doors to dozens of career opportunities down the road. 

DelVal was rated as one of the Top 25 Turf Schools in the United States. If you’re interested in finding out more about our program, schedule a campus tour.