Kinesiology Career Options


The Kinesiology degree will prepare undergraduate students for careers in a variety of sports, fitness, or recreation environments. Graduating seniors apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems through internships in a variety of health, wellness, sports, and other recreational settings.

Graduates of the program possess the knowledge and skills needed to conduct and interpret assessments of health and fitness, as well as to determine safe and effective exercise programs. 

American Kinesiology Association Careers:


Employment opportunities for the Exercise Science Concentration may include:

  • High school & College athletic departments
  • Campus Rehabilitation Center, Division of Campus Recreation
  • Health clubs, park districts, and YMCAs
  • Sports information offices, injury clinics, equipment manufacturers
  • Corporate fitness and wellness centers as fitness instructors, managers, and/or wellness coaching
  • Special Olympics
  • Radio and television stations, newspapers
  • Therapy: cardiac rehabilitation, respiration, occupational, and physical therapy departments of clinics and hospitals. (requires a graduate and/or professional degree)
  • Medicine: Physician, Sports Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Physician Assistant. (will require a graduate and/or professional degree)
    • For Therapy and Medical Career Options: These programs will require additional coursework (electives) to be completed by the student to meet the prerequisites to apply for those graduate programs. Those courses may include additional Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology coursework but are dependent upon the student's preferred program's prerequisite requirements.


Employment opportunities for the Recreation & Sports Management Concentration may include:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Youth Leadership
  • YMCAs
  • Conventional and Business bureaus
  • Sport Management at all levels of recreation, collegiate, semi-professional and professional sports
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports Marketing and Journalism



All KINS graduates complete select courses that prepare them for nationally recognized certification exams.  These courses include principles of strength and conditioning, anatomy and physiology, anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and fitness testing and prescription. Certification exams are offered by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).