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Kinesiology Major...A Closer Look

By Misty Sneddon

photo The study of human movement, also know as human kinetics, is Kinesiology. Because the study of Kinesiology provides a broad range of career options, many college programs have students narrow their field of study into a concentration such as physical education teaching, adapted physical education teaching, pre-physical therapy, lifetime physical activity, pre-occupational therapy, fitness management, health sciences, and exercise science. Once a student determines a concentration, college classes will be tailored to fit the concentration. A sample list of college coursework is human anatomy and physiology, dissection human anatomy laboratory, biomechanics of human movement, motor learning, exercise physiology, pedagogy basics, statistics and evaluation, emergency response care, weight training, exercise prescription, sociology of sport, fitness testing, sport and exercise psychology, energy metabolism, planning, designing and managing a fitness center, nutrition, and experimental offerings in Kinesiology.

People who find career success with a degree in Kinesiology are self-confident, patient, kind, caring, adaptable, and passionate about health and fitness. These people tend to be highly motivated and have an abundance of energy. Often they find themselves in highly social environments and need to be able to communicate and share opinions. Good writing skills are also necessary. Those with a degree in Kinesiology stay up to date on current trends and technology.

Many students decide to get a Masters or PhD in Kinesiology, which further expands career options and provides an increased annual salary. Here is a list of careers for those with a minimum four-year degree in Kinesiology:

  • Health Consultant
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Biomechanist
  • Sport Equipment Consultant
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Dance Choreographer/Instructor
  • Cruise Director
  • Nutritional Supplement Consultant
  • Exercise Researcher
  • Physical Education Teacher K-12
  • Kinesiology Professor
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Community College Instructor
  • Ergonomic Designer
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Youth Camp Director
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Sports Journalist
  • Certified Orthotist
  • Certified Prosthetist
  • Hand Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Pharmaceutical Salesperson
  • Sports Facility Administrator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Coach
  • Assisted Living Fitness Director
  • Aquatics Director
  • Sports Officiator
  • Yoga Instructor