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Washington State University
College of Education

Kinesiology Career Possibilities

Our program = lots of different career options

Our alumni work in recreation or sport programs for youth, senior citizens, and other groups. They also find employment with corporate health programs, health clubs, clinical and industrial health care programs, and wellness education programs. With additional study, kinesiology graduates can become physical therapists, certified teachers, coaches, doctors, nurses or sport psychologists. Below is a detailed list of potential career options.


  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Chiropractor
  • Epidemiologist – Physical Activity
  • Ergonomist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Test Consultant/Technologist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiration Therapist
  • Sport Psychologist for Performance Enhancement
  • Sports Equipment Designer


  • Coaching Youth Sport or College
  • Fitness and Exercise Instructor
  • Health Educator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Professor of Kinesiology
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Special Population – Wellness Instructor


  • Aquatics Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Director of Youth Camps/ Sport Programs
  • Exercise Program Director
  • Health Club Director
  • YMCA Director

Additional Areas of Work

  • Athletic Administration
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Disease Specific Agencies
  • National Sport/active living Organization
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Parks & Recreation Departments
  • Sports Officiating