Kinesiology and Health Science Career Paths

Where can I work?

Kinesiology and Health Science graduates have a wide range of career options in the fields of Kinesiology and Health Science, physical education, recreation and leisure, and non-medical health education, including careers in:

  • Fitness and wellness;
  • Rehabilitation;
  • Sport science;
  • Teaching and research;
  • Coaching;
  • Non-profit agencies and government departments.

By using their Kinesiology and Health Science degree as the first step, many of our graduates have entered professional schools to pursue careers in a diverse array of fields, including:

  • Athletic therapy;
  • Chiropractic;
  • Dentistry;
  • Medicine;
  • Occupational therapy;
  • Optometry; physical therapy;
  • Pharmacy;
  • Speech language pathology;
  • Registered Kinesiologist (R. Kin)

Examples of the many careers available to Kinesiology and Health Science graduates are listed below:

Occupations in Kinesiology and Health Science
Occupations in Physical Education
Occupations in Recreation and Leisure
Occupations in Health Education
Some Helpful Resources

Occupations in Kinesiology and Health Science

Fitness and Wellness

  • Registered Kinesiologist (R. Kin)
  • Personal trainer
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Health club director
  • Fitness consultant
  • Strength & conditioning coordinator
  • Fitness club manager
  • Worker's compensation rehabilitation
  • Athletic injury rehabilitation
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Work hardening
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Functional abilities evaluator
  • Work site analyst
  • Special population adaptive specialists and designer

Sport Science

  • University professor
  • Insurance investigator
  • Equipment designer
  • Fitness appraiser
  • Exercise prescription counselor
  • Private industry researcher (equipment and footwear)
  • Ergonomist

Occupations in Physical Education

Teaching

  • Primary/elementary school teacher
  • Junior high school teacher
  • Senior high school teacher
  • Junior college teacher
  • University professor
  • Private school/college teacher
  • Outdoor education teacher/coordinator
  • Private school/college teacher
  • Educational consultant
  • Educational administrator
  • Principal/vice principal
  • Program coordinator

Research

  • University professor
  • Sport equipment designer
  • Consultant to private health clubs and organizations
  • Research associate, ergonomics
  • Research associate, adaptive equipment

Coaching

  • School university coach
  • Community club coach
  • National team coach
  • Professional team coach
  • Coaching certificate stream instructor

Administration

  • National sport/active living organization
  • Provincial sport/active living organization
  • Marketing agent
  • Program coordinator
  • Athletic director
  • Government sport/active living consultant

Occupations in Recreation and Leisure

Municipal Parks & Recreation

  • Sport coordinator
  • Services/programs for individuals with disabilities
  • Fitness programs
  • Services/programs for individuals with disabilities
  • Seniors' program
  • Children's day camp
  • Summer camps
  • Aquatic activities
  • Swimming pool, rink or other facility manager
  • Community developer facilitator
  • Special event coordinator

Provincial/Federal government

  • Sport consultant
  • Fitness/wellness consultant
  • Facility design
  • Programming consultant
  • Program evaluation consultant
  • Consultant for cultural activities
  • Tourism promotion
  • National and provincial park employee

Youth Service Agencies (Not-for-Profit)

  • YMCA/YWCA youth program manager
  • Recreation manager with youth correction agencies
  • After school program coordinator
  • Scouts/guides/ cadets recreation programmer
  • Church sponsored programs
  • Education sponsored programs

Institutions (including education)

  • Senior citizens home recreation coordinator
  • Hospitals therapeutic recreation
  • Prisons recreation program coordinator
  • Universities/ colleges
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Leisure educator universities/ colleges
  • Recreation leisure researcher

Commercial recreation

  • Corporate fitness centres
  • Oil rig recreation
  • Mining camp recreation
  • Factory recreation programs
  • Hotel recreation
  • Fitness centre management
  • Racquetball sport club manager
  • Golf club manager
  • Cruise ship recreation
  • Entrepre-neurial recreation

Camping and outdoor

  • Outward bound schools
  • Ski instructor
  • Ecotourism
  • Adventure tourism
  • Ski hill manager
  • Water safety instructor
  • Camp adminis-trator

Occupations in Health Education

Teaching

  • Junior High, High School
  • College, University
  • Private health wellness club

Volunteer sector

  • Disease specific agencies
  • Wellness program special populations
  • Smoking/AIIDS etc. organizations
  • Fund raising
  • Special projects coordinator
  • Rehabilitation program
  • YMCA/YWCA

Government

  • Public health agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation units
  • School boards
  • Worker's compensation

You can also take a look at the Career Centres list of Career Options in Kinesiology and Health Science or at the Create Your Future - Kinesiology and Health Science presentation slides to find out more information on what you can do with your degree.

Some Helpful Resources

Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute
Canadian Kinesiology Alliance
Canadian Society for Biomechanics
The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
The Canadian Society for Exercise PhysiologyCanadian Wellness
Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Ontario Kinesiology AssociationOntario Fitness Council
Ontario Internship ProgramThe Ontario Physical and Health Education AssociationOntario Public Service CareersPhysical & Health Education Canada (PHE)

York Student Clubs & Services

Kinesiology and Health Science Student Organization (KAHSSO)

For more help planning your career contact York's Career Centre.