Kinesiology and Health Career Paths

Career Engagement

A degree in Kinesiology and Health (KHE) opens doors for a wide variety of rewarding careers. Many graduates become entrepreneurs, pursue careers in education, or move into sport management. Others become fitness instructors and personal trainers, helping clients to maximize workouts, meet fitness goals, and improve their overall health and well-being. Many of our alumni go to graduate school in order to pursue careers in healthcare. 

Remember, a degree does not equal a career. Many employers focus on the skills and experiences you have gained during your undergraduate experience rather than on the degree itself.

Explore potential career paths for each KHE major below.

Majoring in Applied Movement Science prepares you for a career as a Personal TrainerStrength and Conditioning CoachPhysical Education Teacher (requires certification), Physical Activity Public Health Specialist (requires certification), and Allied Health Professional (requires fulfillment of additional prerequisites and graduate degree).

Applied Movement Science also opens the door for you to continue your education in professional school. Consider the following professional degree options:

Physical Culture and Sports focuses on the philosophy, history, sociology, and ethics of physical activity and sport culture. Some graduates go on to pursue a career as a sports journalist/writersports lawyer (requires a graduate degree), coachtalent recruiterpublic relations executive,  or sportscaster.

A degree in Physical Culture and Sports also opens the door for you to work in the following fields:

  • Community-Based Sports Programs
  • Government Non-profit Sector
  • Public Relations
  • Sport Agencies
  • Youth Sports Development

Sports Management allows you to manage athletes, organizations, and events from the perspectives of marketing, economics, public relations, management, and law. Some career options for Sports Management majors are: talent recruitersports agentsports lawyer (requires graduate degree), sports managerfacilities manager, and public relations executive.

A degree in Sports Management also opens the door for you to work in the following fields:

  • College Athletics
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Event Planning
  • Marketing
  • Media and Communications
  • Professional Sports
  • Sales

A degree in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science will help you develop a strong foundation in theory, epidemiology, program planning, and evaluation. Many graduates go on to careers in public health, community or university health, government, and non-profit health agencies. Others continue their education by pursuing graduate and professional degrees. Explore some career paths for Health Promotion and Behavioral Science below:

A degree in Exercise Science allows for career opportunities in health professions and sports science. Many of our graduates go on to earn professional and graduate degrees or pursue a career in fitness, health, and sports. Some career options for Exercise Science majors are:

A degree in Exercise Science opens the door for work in the following fields:

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Science

Additional Resources for Healthcare Careers 

Many KHE students pursue careers in the field of healthcare. Consider the following resources:

If you are unsure of which career path is right for you, schedule an appointment with your Career Engagement Coordinator on Handshake. Also, consider connecting with alumni from your major on HookedIn. This is a terrific opportunity to learn how fellow Longhorns shaped their career paths.