Careers

The teaching of physical education and coaching of inter-scholastic athletic sports in our nation's elementary, middle schools, and high schools continues to be a major outcome and role of graduates in physical education curricula from the Department of Kinesiology. Career opportunities also include such career specializations as: health education and promotion, exercise and fitness specialists and directors, driver education, intramural sports, adapted physical education, athletic directors, sport management, gymnastics instruction, senior fitness specialists, dance instruction, sport and youth camp instructors. Graduates of the Recreation and Leisure Studies program often serve as leisure service providers and practice their specializations in a variety of community, commercial, outdoor, therapeutic, and wellness-oriented agencies in both public and private sector environments.

Common job titles include:

  • Aerobics Specialist
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Aquatics & Swimming Specialist
  • Armed Forces Physical Education Specialist
  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Dance Specialist
  • Elementary Physical Education Teacher
  • Family Y Program Specialist
  • Fitness and Health Specialist
  • Health And Fitness Specialist
  • Gymnastics Specialist
  • High School Physical Education Teacher
  • Junior High School Physical Education Teacher
  • Middle School Physical Education Teacher
  • Senior Fitness Specialist
  • Sports Camp Supervisor
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Equipment Sales
  • Sports Instructional Specialist
  • Sports Administration And Management
  • Wellness Specialist
  • Youth Sports Specialist

Check out the "What can I do with this major?" links for the following program:
Exercise Science

Click on the following links to view the career preparation information for the program of interest.

Undergraduate Level:
B.S. Ed in Physical Education
B.S. in Exercise and Movement Science
B.S. in Recreation, Sport, and Park Administration
B.S. in Radiography
B.S. in Respiratory Therapy  or visit the Respiratory Therapist Career Center: http://www.aarc.org/career/

Graduate Level:
M.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness Management
M.S. in Administrative Studies: Sports Management Option
or visit the MSAS main page: http://msas.missouristate.edu/  
M.S.Ed. in Secondary Education: Physical Education Area of Emphasis

Helpful Career Resource Web Sites:
www.explorehealthcareers.org/
www.careers.org/
www.careerbuilder.com/
www.usajobs.gov/
www.monster.com/
www.indeed.com/