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Physical Education Major

Career Information

Possible Job Titles

  • Health and Physical Ed. Teacher
  • Sporting good salesperson
  • Coach Recreation Therapy
  • Dance instructor
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Early childhood motor skills instructor
  • Outdoor education instructor
  • Weight-control counselor
  • Correction facilities instr.
  • Sports medicine physician*
  • Youth sports coach
  • Sports nutritionist*
  • Intramural director
  • Sports psychologist*
  • Camp Director
  • Protective service worker
  • Sports clothing designer
  • Sales
  • Equipment Manager
  • Sports agent
  • Sports promoter
  • Government careers
  • Athletic Trainer*
  • Sports Official
  • Professional Athlete
  • Agency Recreation Leader
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist*
  • Entrepreneur

Exercise Science

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Aerobic Instructors
  • Sports Instructors
  • Kinesiotherapists
  • Corporate Fitness
  • Hospital Wellness
  • Community Based Fitness
  • Personal Trainer
  • Industrial Fitness
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

*Denotes additional education required.

Typical Places of Employment

  • Industry (private, public companies)
  • Elementary, Middle, and Secondary
  • Schools
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Centers and
  • Public Gyms
  • Health Spas and Resorts
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Retirement Communities
  • Exercise Science
  • College/University Instructor
  • Community Organizations
  • Commerce & Industry
  • Rehabilitation Programs
  • Competitive Sports programs
  • Camps
  • Resorts
  • YMCA's
  • Gyms
  • Fitness Centers

Typical Work Activities

  • Assess physical education needs and place in classes in accordance with their health status and ability.
  • Direct and guide students in a broad range of activities to help them develop skills such as accuracy, agility, balance, coordination, power, rhythm, strength, timing, and other attributes needed in physical activities.
  • Lead groups of students in classes in games, dance, gymnastics, and fitness activities.
  • Teach a sports skills.
  • Instruct students in the use of equipment.
  • Prepare a budget for materials and equipment.
  • Meet with parents, school counselors, and school staff, to keep the community informed about the physical education and sports programs.
  • Teach other subjects in the classroom.
  • Coach a sport
  • Give first aid and/or CPR.
  • Exercise Science
  • Research with athletes to identify human biomechanical principals
  • Develop customized exercise prescriptions for athletes
  • Evaluating performances
  • Analyze and compare information between human physique & endurance, agility & muscle strength
  • Instructing students
  • Organizing sports events

Additional Info in Career Services

These publications must be used in the Career Services Office. However there are many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices that you may take with you:

  • Careers in Focus: Sports
  • Careers in the Outdoors
  • Career Portraits in Sports
  • Opportunities in Fitness Careers
  • Opportunities in Sports Medicine Careers

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major - For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Kevin Dart 1995 Executive Director, Ticket Sales NY Yankees Baseball Club
Jeff LeFavre 2000 Regional Business Director Bausch & Lomb
Kareem Otey 2005 Public Schools Teacher Dorchester County
Scott Stansbury 2003 Athletic Trainer University of Notre Dame

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