Many opportunities exist for people with degrees in Kinesiology & Health Sciences. Although most of our graduates work in areas related to their studies or continue in graduate education, others find that because of the challenge of the curriculum they are prepared to tackle careers in many different fields. Click on the careers below to obtain more information about them.
Wellness Specialists work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, YMCAs, park and recreation departments, colleges, corporations and health clubs. These specialists assist clients in establishing and achieving their health/fitness goals. Positions range widely and include working with youth fitness programs, corporate fitness programs, cardiac rehabilitation, and others.
Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as one of the allied health professions, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiography, and others. ATs receive clinical training as well as classroom instruction in the care and prevention of athletic injuries, assessment, therapeutic modalities, pharmacology, ethics, training facility administration and other topics.
Changes in the certification of trainers have resulted in a growing number of entry level graduate programs in Athletic Training as well as modifications to our undergraduate program before applying for accreditation of our curriculum. A student can obtain a strong preparation at Georgetown College to prepare for graduate education in the field. In addition to providing coursework in athletic training, the department can also coordinate work-study assignments and internships in campus training rooms. Currently, our undergraduate program in AT is being modified in order to become nationally accredited. This program provides students with opportunities to work with national championship coaches and athletes as well as professional athletes both in Georgetown and throughout the nation. Our former AT students are now working in various settings including high schools, colleges, universities and professional teams. We are proud of the fact that 100% of our graduates have passed the NATA certification exam.
The Allied Health Professions include Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Medical Technology, Radiography, Records Administration, and approximately 100 others. By combining Kinesiology & Health Sciences courses with the pre-professional courses required for admission to a specific allied health professional school, students may create a solid basis of knowledge and practical clinical experience that will provide them with a head start in their quest for allied health licensure. Links to some of the national associations of various allied health professions are provided below. Click on the “Allied Health” link to explore the many career opportunities in this promising area, as well as salary potential.
- American Physical Therapy Association
- The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
- Allied Health
Personal Trainers are exercise specialists who develop exercise and nutrition programs for clients and then work directly with clients to insure their compliance with the programs. For example, a personal trainer will attend some or all of the workout sessions of a client and offer support, encouragement and sometimes external motivation. Although personal trainers may work for an organization such as a health club, many trainers are self-employed. Self-employment status enables the trainer to set up her or his own work schedule and make all decisions for the business. On the other hand, self-employed trainers must be self-motivated to continually acquire new clients and otherwise operate the business. The linked organizations below offer certification programs for kinesiology majors. These certifications demonstrate to prospective employers or clients of the trainer’s competence.
Corporate Fitness specialists are exercise specialists who function, usually as employees, of large corporations that have invested in the health and fitness of their employees. Examples of corporations that have large-scale employee health and fitness programs are Toyota Manufacturing, General Motors, Kimberly-Clark, Exxon Oil, Pillsbury and many others. Exercise specialists in this setting typically work at the entry level in much the same way as personal trainers. In time, however, people in the corporate world may move into managerial positions. The linked organizations below offer certification programs for kinesiology majors. These certifications demonstrate to prospective employers or clients of the trainer’s competence.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists (CRS) work with patients who have experienced acute myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), by-pass surgery, or who have serious risk factors for heart disease. The work setting is usually in a hospital or clinic setting in which the patients are closely supervised during the exercise rehabilitation session. A CRS monitors the patients response to participation in exercise rehabilitation, organizes and maintains patient records, assists with treadmill stress tests, demonstrates exercise techniques, and performs other duties to help the cardiac patient achieve as full a recovery as possible. Although a CRS may find work with an undergraduate degree, most will have a masters degree in exercise science. The American College of Sports Medicine (click on link below) provides certifications for people who work in this field. The Exercise Science major at Georgetown College provides substantial preparation for certification as a Health/Fitness Instructor with the ACSM.
Many students decide in their junior or senior years at Georgetown to continue on into graduate education. Of the many career opportunities listed within this website, most provide greater advancement potential to those with graduate degrees. The master’s or doctoral degree in exercise science are the standard graduate degrees for higher levels of responsibility as a Wellness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Corporate Fitness Specialist, and Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist.
Also, increasing numbers of allied health professions are requiring the master’s degree as the entry level degree necessary to work in the field. Occupational or Physical Therapy, for example, are professions in which one must have a graduate degree to be qualified as an entry level professional. Most physical therapy programs are now master’s level programs with the trend being toward the doctoral level degree for those who wish to enter teaching and research.