A degree in Kinesiology and Health Education (KHE) opens doors for a wide variety of rewarding careers. Many graduates become fitness instructors and personal trainers, helping clients to maximize workouts, meet fitness goals, and improve their overall health and well-being. Some KHE majors find employment as fitness instructors or entrepreneurs. For other graduates, KHE leads to employment opportunities within the field of education. A degree in KHE allows for careers from coaching to managing sports programs at all levels. Many KHE majors also go on to pursue advanced degrees.
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.
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Explore potential career paths for each KHE major below.
- Applied Movement Science
Majoring in Applied Movement Science prepares you for a career as a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Physical 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
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/writer, sports lawyer (requires a graduate degree), coach, talent recruiter, public 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
- Sport Management
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 recruiter, sports agent, sports lawyer (requires graduate degree), sports manager, facilities 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
- Media and Communications
- Professional Sports
- Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
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 pursing graduate and professional degrees. Explore some career paths for Health Promotion and Behavioral Science below:
- Exercise Science
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
Texas Career Engagement is open to all University of Texas at Austin students. The center offers assessments designed to help you see how your personality, interests, and strengths fit with different kinds of careers. The two assessments offered are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. The fee to take both assessments is $40 and includes a workshop focused on interpreting the results.
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