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Career Opportunities With a Major in Human Performance and Sport

Wherever people are moving, there is work for graduates in this major. Opportunities are limited only by one's imagination. However, the primary setting for teacher licensure candidates is the physical education program in private or public schools. Students with a non-teaching emphasis (adult fitness and exercise science, athletic training, and sport and allied fields) typically find job opportunities in corporate wellness programs; sports medicine clinics; hospital-based therapy clinics; rehabilitation programs; athletic clubs; nursing-care centers; high school, college, university, or professional sports teams; recreational fitness and exercise settings; or nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA or the American Heart Association.

Skills Related to Human Performance and Sport

  • Over-all interest in the enhancement of one's health, fitness, and quality of life

  • Proficient in communication skills with ability to explain fitness and health care instructions

  • Knowledge of theories of health and fitness, human anatomy, and trends in the field

  • Plan health care treatments

  • Give injections, drugs and medication

  • Treat physical/mental problems

Potential Careers Related to Human Performance and Sport

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Human Performance and Sport major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Human Performance and Sport majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Activities Coordinator  Adventure/Risk Trainer Amusement and Recreation Worker
Athlete/Coach Athletic Trainer Camp Director
Consultant Corporate Wellness Trainer Cruise Recreation Director
Dancer/Dance Teacher Dietician Emergency Medical Technician
Exercise Physiologist Fitness Consultant Health Information Coordinator
Ice Arena Manager Nutritionist Occupational Therapist
Personal Fitness Trainer Physical Education Instructor Physical Therapist
Physician Assistant Prison Recreation Specialist Recreation and Fitness Worker
Recreational Therapist Resort Manager Spa Director
Special Olympics Worker Sports Coach Sports Medicine Specialist

Employers in Human Performance and Sport

  • Camps

  • Churches

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Corporate Wellness Centers

  • Fitness Clubs/Resorts/Spas

  • Hospitals

  • Nonprofit Agencies

  • Nursing Care Center

  • Private Clients

  • Recreational Facilities

  • Rehabilitation Clinics

  • School Districts

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Human Performance and Sport


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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