Kinesiology and Health Science

Are you fascinated by how the human body moves, develops, ages and rebuilds itself? Do you want to be able to understand the complex processes that govern how human beings use their bodies and muscular systems to perform everyday tasks from picking up a cup of coffee to running marathons? Majoring in Kinesiology and Health Science can answer such queries and lead you down a path of varied professions from Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation to the design of sneakers and professional fitness equipment.

Career Options in Kinesiology and Health Science

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Kinesiology and Health Science degree than others.

  • Activities Director
  • Acupuncturist
  • Athletics Instructor/Director
  • Author (fitness oriented books)
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Chiropractor
  • Coach
  • Ergonomics Consultant
  • Firefighter
  • Fitness Club Manager
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Health Information Coordinator
  • Health Policy Planner
  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Nutritionist
  • Outdoor Activity Guide
  • Personal/Team Trainer
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Recreation Planner
  • Recreation Program Director
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Recruiter/Scout
  • Resort/Spa Coordinator
  • Salesperson
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Analyst
  • Sports Equipment Designer
  • Sports Historian
  • Sports League Coordinator
  • Sports Marketing Professional
  • Sports Merchandise
  • Sports Merchandise Design
  • Sports Program Coordinator
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sportscaster
  • Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Kinesiology and Health Science Degree

Studies in Kinesiology and Health Science can develop many different personal and professional abilities and can introduce you to a vast body of technical and theoretical knowledge.

Core Kinesiology and Health Science Skills

  • A comprehensive understanding of the biological, psychological, sociological, historical, aesthetic, recreational and competitive aspects of human movement
  • Specialized knowledge of nutrition, physical activity and health

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written and oral statements
  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • An ability to prepare oral and written presentations and reports using current data and technology
  • The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project's intended and successful end result
  • Logical thinking skills and the ability to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing an industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.