(including health fitness instructor, exercise physiology, and public health physical activity behavior)

Kinesiology is the study of human movement across a range of tasks including exercise, daily living, play sport, and work. Kinesiology promotes an understanding of the need for movement for physical and psychological health. At K-State, students may earn a BA or BS degree in Kinesiology or BS dual degrees with majors in Nutrition and Kinesiology. Graduates seek careers in corporate and community settings in fitness and wellness and in hospital settings in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Many students enter graduate and professional schools to prepare for careers in dietetics, physical therapy, pharmacy, medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, sport sociology, and other related fields.

Related career titles

Aquatics program coordinator
Biomechanics specialist
Camp director
Corporate wellness consultant
Ergonomics consultant
Exercise physiologist
Fitness instructor
Geriatric recreational activities coordinator
Health and nutrition consultant
Health club manager
Health promotions specialist
Outdoor recreation director
Personal trainer
Physical Therapist*
Recreational therapist
Rehabilitation specialist
Sports counselor
Sports program supervisor
Strength and conditioning coach
Summer camp manager/administrator

*Additional training needed for these occupations

Resources available in ACIC

Careers for Health Nuts and Others Who Like to Stay Fit
Careers for Sports Nuts and Other Athletic Types
Careers in Medicine
Careers in Recreation

Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry
Opportunities in Physical Therapy Careers
Opportunities in Recreation and Leisure Careers
Opportunities in Sports and Fitness Careers
Opportunities in Sports Medicine Careers

*Books are available for a 2-day checkout period.

Related kinesiology links

K-State Department of Kinesiology

K-State Pre-Health Website

American College of Sports Medicine

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

American Physical Therapy Association

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

International Fitness Professionals Association

National Association for Health and Fitness

National Recreation and Park Association