The following list is a compilation of potential career paths that an undergraduate student can explore with a degree in one of the undergraduate majors offered within the Ball State School of Kinesiology.


A major in aquatics can provide opportunities to gain employment with various institutions, including:  educational institutions; health and fitness facilities; recreation natatoriums; waterparks; private clubs and fitness centers; and government entities. Specific jobs can include:

Administrative/Professional Opportunities:
Aquatics Director
Aquatics Supervisor/Manager
Pool Operator
Aquatic Technician

Teaching Opportunities:
Aquatics Coach
Lifeguard Instructor
Swimming instructor

Government Opportunities (examples of specific departments):
Parks and Recreation
Community Services
Leisure Services

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Athletic Training

Athletic trainers treat a range of patients and can work in a variety of settings. A few examples of the areas in which an individual with an athletic training degree can work include:

Traditional Settings:
Professional Sports
Collegiate Sports
Secondary Schools
Olympic Sports

Youth Sports Opportunities:
Youth Sport Camps
Youth Sports Clubs/Programs

Health Care Facilities:
Clinics (with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy)
Physician Offices

Emerging Settings:

Performing Arts
Public Safety
Occupational Health
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Exercise Science

A degree in exercise science prepares students for success in a breadth of relevant career areas, including:

Fitness Center/Workplace Wellness Opportunities:
Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer
Health Coach, Corporate Wellness / Workplace Wellness
Fitness Nutrition (within scope of practice)
Weight Management / Behavior Change Specialist
Youth Fitness
Senior Fitness

Medical/Health Care Opportunities:

Doctor, Nurse
Physician Assistant
Physical Therapy – Occupational Therapy
Pain Free Management Specialist
Medical Exercise Specialist (Work with health care team, lead clients with multiple health issues)
Orthopedic Exercise (Boost function following orthopedic rehab)
Therapeutic Exercise (Use exercise to address metabolic disease & musculoskeletal disorders)

Professional Career Opportunities:
Sport Performance / Sport Conditioning (Professional Level, Collegiate Level, High School Level)
Tactical Strength & Conditioning (Fire, Police, Military, Emergency Rescue)
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Health and Physical Education Teacher Education

A degree in health/physical education teacher education can be utilized for careers in more than just teaching. Potential careers can include:

Organizational Opportunities:
Athletic/Activities Director
Community Health Fair Coordinator
Recreational Sports or Program Coordinator/Director (with a city, club, YMCA, etc.)
Educational Consultant to Health and Fitness Promotion Organizations (American Heart Association, Presidential Youth Fitness Program, etc.)
Corporate Wellness/Recreation Director
Activities/Recreation/Fitness Director at a Camp
State Department of Health (Physical Activity/Nutrition Division)
Obesity-Focused Projects
Community Recreation Facilities
District Wellness Coordinator

Educational Setting Opportunities:

Health Teacher
Physical Educator
Before/After School Activity Director

Sports/Fitness Opportunities:
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Health/Life Coaching
Personal Trainer
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Sport Administration

An undergraduate degree in sport administration allows an individual the knowledge, skills, and experiences to prepare them for careers in the following areas:

Industry Segments/Opportunities:
Professional Sports
Intercollegiate Athletics

Functional Areas/Opportunities:
Ticket Sales and Service
Event and Facility Management
Sponsorship Sales and Activation
Food and Beverage
Community Relations
Player Operations
Web/Creative Services
Volunteer Management

Graduate School Paths/Opportunities:
Sport Management

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