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Why Choose a Degree in Kinesiology for a Career?

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Why Choose a Degree in Kinesiology for a Career?

The job market has fueled the growth of kinesiology programs over the past decade. The two primary career paths are physical therapy and occupational therapy. More than 185,000 physical therapists and 104,000 occupational therapists were employed in the U.S. in 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth rates of 30 and 26 percent, respectively, by 2018.  

Kinesiology utilizes exercise and human movement to understand how the human body works. With knowledge of these anatomical, biomechanical, developmental, neural, physiological and psychological mechanisms, students will be prepared for graduate study and future careers in health.

Career options with a degree in Kinesiology include:

  • Physical/Occupational Therapist
  • Physician
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Optometrist

Please note this is only a sample of career possibilities. All positions listed will require additional education or training. Talk with an academic advisor to determine which courses will fit with your desired career goals.