The very best programs provide a solid grounding in the broad field of kinesiology, including exercise physiology; biomechanics; motor development, control and learning; sport psychology; and sociocultural analysis of sport and physical activity.
Like personal trainers and group exercise instructors, strength and conditioning coaches help others to improve their fitness. But strength and conditioning coaches differ from the others in one very important way—the clients they work with are focused on improving their performance or skill in a sport.
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Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise is your guide to landing your dream job in one of today’s most exciting, popular, and fastest-growing industries!
Produced by the American Kinesiology Association, this hands-on guide includes detailed job descriptions, information on working conditions, salary ranges, responsibilities, key skills, and required certifications for 36 careers in sport and fitness:
Athletic trainer (college or university sport team)
Athletic trainer (high school sport team)
Athletic trainer (as physician extender)
Athletic trainer (clinical)
Group exercise instructor
Strength and conditioning coach
Fitness center owner or manager
Fitness leader in gerontology settings
Health promotion specialist
Physical education teacher
Media and public relations specialist
Sport event manager
Sport facility operations manager
Clinical exercise physiologist
Certified clinical exercise specialist
Sports medicine clinic director
Medical and osteopathic physicians
Kinesiology department administrator
If you are ready to pursue a job in the sport, fitness, or exercise industry, Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise is one resource you can’t be without.
Chapter 1: Examining the Big Picture
Chapter 2: Making Intelligent Career Choices in Kinesiology
Chapter 3: Careers in Fitness Instruction, Personal Training, and Fitness Management
Chapter 4: Careers in Physical Education, Sport Instruction, Coaching, Sports Officiating, and Sport Psychology
Chapter 5: Careers in Sport Marketing and Management
Chapter 6: Careers in Sports Medicine
Chapter 7: Kinesiology as Pre-professional Training for Allied Health Sciences
Chapter 8: Careers in Higher Education
The American Kinesiology Association (AKA), an association of over 100 college and university departments, was formed in February 2007 by the Human Kinetics Foundation with the support of the National Academy of Kinesiology. The AKA promotes kinesiology as a unified field of study and serves as an advocate at academic, governmental, and professional levels, both nationally and internationally. The AKA serves the needs of kinesiology departments at colleges and universities, assists scholarly societies associated with kinesiology, and encourages cross-disciplinary study in kinesiology.
Shirl Hoffman is the AKA’s former executive director and now editor of the e-magazine Kinesiology Today. He also is editor of the textbook Introduction to Kinesiology, Third Edition (2009, Human Kinetics), and is author of Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sports (2010, Baylor University Press). He is professor emeritus of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he served as department head for 10 years.
“I have served as a professor, department chair, and academic dean, and I have observed hundreds of students who enroll in programs with little concept of career options and how to achieve employment goals. Students need guidance in understanding the options. Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise provides that guidance.”
Brian J. Sharkey, PhD -- Professor Emeritus, University of Montana
Past President of American College of Sports Medicine
“Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise offers clear information, helpful examples, and plenty of food for thought for those aspiring to find a career in this growing field.”
Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD -- Director of sports nutrition services at Healthworks, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fourth Edition