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Academic Information: -  top

What is Physical Education?  top

In most educational systems, physical education (PE), also called physical training (PT) or gym in less progressive settings, is a course in the curriculum which utilizes learning in the cognitive, affective and psycho motor domains in a play or movement exploration setting. In the United States, it is almost always mandatory for students in elementary schools, and often for students in middle schools and high schools.

The primary aim of physical education is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, capacities, and values along with the enthusiasm to maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood. Some schools also require physical education as a way to promote weight loss in students. Activities included in the program are designed to promote physical fitness, to develop motor skills, to instill knowledge and understanding of rules, concepts, and strategies, and to teach students to work as part of a team, or as individuals, in a wide variety of competitive activities.

Career Information  -  top

Possible/Typical Job Titles -  top

  • 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
  • Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor
  • PE/Sport/Research Instructor
  • Strength-Conditioning Coach
  • Community Recreation
  • Occupational Exercise
  • Swimming Pool Manager
  • Corporate Fitness Instructor
  • Park Manager
  • Teacher; Physical Education
  • Country Club Manager
  • Occupational Therapy Asst.
  • *Physical Therapist
  • Camp Director
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Dietitian
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports-Fitness Nutritionist
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Professional Sports Scout
  • *Athletic Director
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Professional Sports Umpire
  • Activities Director
  • Cruise Recreation Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Adventurer/Risk Trainer
  • Dance-/Aerobics Instructor
  • Prison Recreation Specialist
  • Aquatic Management
  • Emergency Medical Tech.
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Athletic Coach
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Health/Fitness Consultant
  • Sporting Goods Sales
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • SPA/Health Club Manager
  • Social Director
  • 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 need for additional education.

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • 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 Labs
  • College/University Instructor
  • Community Organizations
  • Commerce & Industry
  • Rehabilitation Programs
  • Competitive Sports programs
  • Camps
  • Resorts
  • YMCA's
  • Gyms
  • Fitness Centers

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • 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 other subjects in the classroom.
  • Patience
  • Oral & Visual Communication Skills
  • Athletically inclined
  • Demonstration Skills (physical activities)
  • Interest in Physical Activities
  • Interest in Health Issues
  • Interest & Knowledge in the mechanics and general health of human body
  • 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.
  • Coach a sport
  • Interest in Coaching
  • Interest in Teaching
  • Motor Skills
  • Knowledge of Proper Nutrition
  • Motivational Skills
  • Planning Skills
  • Discussion Skills (ie, human sexuality)

Alumni Resources  - top

(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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