What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

 

Area:

Physical Fitness

Sub-Area:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Personal Training
  • Performance Enhancement/Management
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching
  • Group Fitness Instruction
  • Health Club Management
  • Consultation

Employers:

  • Health clinics
  • Fitness centers
  • Retirement centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Daycare centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Resorts
  • Camps and park districts
  • Cruise lines
  • Community centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Healthcare programs: Clinical, Industrial, Corporate
  • Sports facilities
  • Individual athletes
  • Self employed

Area:

Athletic Training

Sub-Area:

  • Performance Enhancement/Management
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching
  • Biomechanics
  • Consultation

Employers:

  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Health clinics
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Fitness centers
  • Retirement centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Resorts
  • Cruise lines
  • Community centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Healthcare programs: Clinical, Industrial, Corporate
  • Professional sports teams
  • Private sports organizations
  • Sports facilities
  • Individual athletes
  • Private or group practice

Area:

Physical Therapy

Sub-Area:

  • Clinical Practice:
    • Acute care
    • Neuro-rehab
    • Out-patient
  • Management
  • Education
  • Research
  • Consultation
  • Specialties Include:
    • Pediatrics
    • Geriatrics
    • Sports Medicine
    • Orthopedics
    • Neurology
    • Cardiopulmonary

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Sports medicine facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Doctors' offices, particularly orthopedic
  • Schools
  • Health clubs and fitness centers
  • Group or private practices
  • Universities and colleges
  • Federal and state government:
    • Armed Forces
    • Public Health Service
    • Veterans Administration

Area:

Occupational Therapy

Sub-Area:

  • Screening
  • Evaluation
  • Treatment:
    • Physical
    • Psychosocial
    • Social
    • Vocational
  • Follow-up
  • Administration
  • Teaching
  • Research

Employers:

  • Hospitals (including psychiatric and rehabilitative)
  • Schools
  • Group or private practice
  • Nursing homes
  • Community mental health centers
  • Adult daycare programs
  • Job training centers
  • Residential care providers
  • Out-patient rehabilitation facilities
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Federal and state government:
    • Armed Forces
    • Public Health Service
    • Veterans Administration
  • Universities and colleges

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Program Development

Employers:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Athletic associations
  • Research facilities

Area:

Business

Sub-Area:

  • Product Development
  • Program Development
  • Biomechanics
  • Sales:
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Healthcare
    • Sport & Fitness

Employers:

  • Sporting goods manufacturers
  • Exercise equipment manufacturers
  • Sports facilities
  • Health clubs and fitness centers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Hospitals
  • Clinical and corporate healthcare programs

Area:

Sports Medicine

Sub-Area:

  • Orthopedics
  • Osteopathics
  • Chiropractics
  • Prosthetics
  • Biomechanics
  • Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Research

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Sports medicine facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Group or private practices
  • Universities and colleges

General Information and Strategies

  • There are many different ways to work within the health and fitness industry. Identify a particular area of interest and then seek to gain the best combination of educational preparation, experience, and skills because requirements will vary by field.
  • Most careers in these fields require professional certification. Though many entry-level positions may be obtained with an undergraduate degree, most will require additional clinical experiences and a graduate or professional degree.
  • Given the growing number of aging adults, many positions available in these areas will involve working with the elderly.
  • Join professional associations. Read their publications and attend their meetings, seminars, and conventions to learn more about the field and make contacts.
  • Get involved with local sport teams, intramurals, or recreational programs and facilities. Seek leadership roles, manage equipment and facilities, or plan events.
  • Look for jobs in the minor leagues as a way to enter the sport industry.
  • Fitness communication is also a growing field offering opportunities to write, research, and report on health and fitness related topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. If interested in this area, take supplemental course work in English, journalism or broadcasting and seek opportunities to volunteer with local or campus newspapers or television/radio stations.
  • Earn a graduate or professional degree for increased opportunities.
  • Maintain excellent personal fitness and athletic proficiency.
  • Learn to relate well to people with varying personalities and backgrounds.
  • An undergraduate degree in exercise science offers excellent preparation and meets many pre-requisites for a variety of pre-professional programs in the field of healthcare. Meet with a pre-health advisor to identify any additional prerequisites for entry into a particular graduate school.

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