What Can I Do With A Major In Kinesiology?
A lot of athletes in college tend to major in Kinesiology. What are all of your career options with Kinesiology? It’s is used in the complementary health or natural medicine field, it is defined primarily as the use of muscle testing to identify imbalances in the body’s structural, chemical, emotional or other energy, to establish the body’s priority healing needs, and to evaluate energy changes brought about by a broad spectrum of both manual and non-manual therapeutic procedures.
Kinesiology, therefore, may be understood as a system of natural health care which combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Chinese medicine to assess energy and body function, applying a range of gentle yet powerful healing techniques to improve health, wellbeing and vitality. Here are possible career options.
Recognizes and evaluates injuries associated with competitive sports, provides immediate treatment, implements injury-prevention programs, counsels athletes regarding health care, and administers athletic training programs. Requires specialized training beyond the bachelor’s degree and certification.
Helps college athletes in variety of sports move towards a common team goal using motivation, training, and discipline. Evaluates and selects new team recruits. Supervises coaching staff and interacts with members of the media. Works for colleges and universities.
CORPORATE WELLNESS MANAGER
Designs and implements programs to promote employee wellness, such as fitness assessment, nutrition screenings, and exercise classes. Supervises instructors and ensures they receive ongoing training. Advertises program to employees and evaluates its effectiveness. Works for corporations.
Designs aerobic routines for exercise classes and teaches them to instructors. Works for fitness clubs, dance studios, video producers, or choreography services.
Teaches physical fitness classes, such as aerobics or weight conditioning. Provides information to help participants avoid injury and maximize workout benefits. May train other instructors. Works for fitness clubs, resorts, hotels, or community agencies.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS DIRECTOR
Coordinates all aspects of intramural sports program, including budget, staffing, program planning, and evaluation. Works for colleges and universities.
Works one-on-one with an individual to develop a fitness program. Conducts a fitness assessment including personal and medical history. Designs fitness program and monitors clients’ progress. May travel with client. Most work on free-lance basis.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR
Teaches children the rules of different sports and encourages their physical and athletic development. Works for public or private schools.
PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANT COACH
Coordinates specific components of team training, such as strength and training coach or pitching coach. Coordinates training and information with head coach. Works for professional athletic teams.
PROFESSIONAL HEAD COACH
Motivates professional athletes to perform their best and to continue to improve their skills. Review tapes of previous games to plan future strategies. Evaluates and selects potential team members. Makes presentations and grants interviews to the press. Works for professional athletic teams.
PUBLIC SCHOOL COACH
Motivates, trains, and disciplines students toward a common goal. Monitors players’ academic progress. Discusses athletic program with school administrators. Writes press releases. Coordinates tryouts. May teach classes in some school districts. Works for public or private schools.
Plans and monitors recreation programs to help patients recover or adjust to disabilities. Requires a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation or a related field.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH
Establishes off-season programs and strength and agility training for the prevention of injuries and improvement in performance. Works for professional or college sports teams.
Specializes in technology related to fitness, such as computerized exercise machines, databases to store client information, and machines that analyze nutritional content of food. Advises fitness clubs or athletic programs on which technical products to buy and how to use them most effectively. Works for a consulting firm or on a free-lance basis.
WEIGHT TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
Teaches proper techniques and exercises in the weight room for various training programs. Helps individuals tailor a workout regimen and monitor progress. Works for fitness clubs or sports teams.
LESS DIRECT Career Options
The fit between academic training in kinesiology and job description is still very close. However, knowledge of kinesiology may be less pertinent to these positions, and a degree in kinesiology itself may or may not serve as a credential for employment.
ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR, RESORT
Plans and advertises recreational and sporting activities for resort guests. AGENT
Acts as an athlete’s intermediary with a team’s owner and general manager in order to secure the best financial and playing arrangement for the athlete. Many serve as financial advisors for players, making suggestions for investments or product endorsements. Most work on free-lance basis.
FITNESS CLUB ADMINISTRATOR
Plans budgets, arranges work schedules, supervises staff, supervises maintenance of equipment, and plans sales quotas. Works for fitness clubs.
FITNESS CLUB SERVICE MANAGER
Acts as a liaison between club and its customers. Handles customer complaints and conducts evaluations of club services. Works for fitness clubs.
Consults with coaches, teams, and individual athletes regarding weight control, pre-game meals, and vitamin supplementation. Many conduct research or write informative articles. Requires some specialized course work. Works for sports medicine centers, clinics, or universities.
OUTWARD BOUND INSTRUCTOR
Teaches outdoor adventure courses to help participants master physical challenges, confront fears, and assume responsibility. Works for Outward Bound or similar organizations.
Coordinates sporting facilities, classes, and programs offered through urban parks. Selects, trains, and supervises staff and volunteers. Develops marketing plans and conducts evaluations to determine quality of programs. Works for local government.
SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST
Relieves athletes’ physical and mental strain through massage. Uses knowledge of stretching and flexibility to prevent or rehabilitate injuries. Works for sports teams or on a free-lance basis.
Enforces the rules of a particular sport at games or events. Most work part-time on a free-lance basis. SPORTSCASTER
Reports and analyzes sporting events on television or radio. Interviews sports personalities. Attends games, practices, and press conferences. May host talk shows. Works for television or radio stations.
Reports, writes, and edits sports copy. Attends variety of sporting events. Interviews athletes and coaches. May conduct investigative research. Works for newspapers or magazines.
Career Options Requiring Graduate School
The following is a list of careers requiring a degree beyond the bachelor’s: Architect for sports facility
College athletic director
Designer of sports and fitness equipment Exercise physiologist
Management positions in sports management Occupational therapist
Sports orthotist and prosthetist
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