Career Paths

Kinesiology and human performance focus on helping people improve their physical fitness or athletic performance, playing a key role in preventing injuries associated with exercise or athletic participation. A four-year education in this field will prepare you to become a personal trainer, athletic trainer, nutritionist, or physical therapist, among others.

Career Opportunities

In your career search as an aspiring professional in Kinesiology and Human Performance, you'll discover that the most common positions in this field include:

  • Certified Athletic Trainers
  • Certified Personal Trainers
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Physical Therapists

You'll also find that nurses, massage therapists, physicians, nutritionists, and dietitians work to improve human performance, and these professionals can help prevent and treat injuries that are related to exercise or physical activity.

Job Outlook

The demand for qualified candidates who focus their training and practice on helping people improve their physical fitness is strong. As athletes and fitness-focused people look to advance their performance levels, the need for Kinesiology and Human Performance professionals (such as certified personal trainers, athletic trainers, biomechanists, or nutritionists) is growing at the high school, collegiate, professional, and recreational levels.


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