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What Can I Do with an Exercise Science Degree?

Opportunities for Exercise Science graduates to work in the fitness public and private sectors abound. This degree also should be considered a diverse “stepping stone” degree for continuing graduate studies.

Graduate Studies

An Exercise Science degree can prepare students to become physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, nurses and other health care professionals.

Job Opportunities

For detailed information about Exercise Science degree career opportunities, see also Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Recreation Worker, Recreational Therapists and Fitness Trainers and Instructors.

An undergraduate degree in Exercise Science will prepare you for working for fitness centers, retirement centers, nursing homes, corporate fitness and health departments, correctional facilities, resorts, camps and park districts, cruise lines, sports arenas and stadiums, sports teams, sporting goods retailers, public health services, military and community centers in the following capacities:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Aerobics/Group Exercise Instructor
  • Employee Fitness Program Assistant
  • Health Club Assistant Manager/Manager
  • Camp Counselor/Director
  • Activity Specialist
  • Recreation Leader/Supervisor
  • Fitness Facility Planner
  • Recreation Coordinator/Director
    • Elder Fitness for Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, etc.
    • Youth Activity for YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc.
    • City/County Park Departments
  • Sports Communication/Information Director
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sporting Goods Sales Representative/Manager
  • Fitness Equipment Purchasing Agent
  • Coordinator of Community and After-School Sports Programs

What Can I Do with a Health and Fitness Studies Degree?

Opportunities for Health and Fitness Studies graduates to work in the fitness public and private sectors abound. This degree also should be considered a diverse “stepping stone” degree for continuing graduate studies.

Graduate Studies

A Health and Fitness Studies degree can prepare students to become physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, nurses and other health care professionals.

Job Opportunities

For detailed information about a Health and Fitness Studies degree career opportunities, see also Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Health Educators, Recreation Worker, Recreational Therapists and Fitness Trainers and Instructors.

An undergraduate degree in Health and Fitness Studies will prepare you for working for fitness centers, retirement centers, nursing homes, corporate fitness and health departments, correctional facilities, resorts, camps and park districts, cruise lines, sports arenas and stadiums, sports teams, sporting goods retailers, public health services, military and community centers in the following capacities:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Aerobics/Group Exercise Instructor
  • Employee Health and Fitness Program Assistant
  • Health Club Assistant Manager/Manager
  • Camp Counselor/Director
  • Activity Specialist
  • Recreation Leader/Supervisor
  • Fitness Facility Planner
  • Recreation Coordinator/Director
    • Elder Fitness for Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, etc.
    • Youth Activity for YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc.
    • City/County Park Departments
  • Sports Communication/Information Director
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sporting Goods Sales Representative/Manager
  • Fitness Equipment Purchasing Agent
  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Educator/Administrator/Official
  • Nonprofit Health Educator
  • Coordinator of Community and After-School Sports Programs

What Can I Do with a Health and Physical Education Degree?

Students select this major if they are seeking a K–12 Field Endorsement or Grades 4-9 Subject Endorsement in Health and Physical Education. With the addition of approximately 37 hours of education requirements, the student will be eligible for a Nebraska Teaching Certificate. Employment of coaches and scouts is expected to grow 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Very strong competition is expected for jobs at the college or professional level. Opportunities to work in the fitness public and private sectors also abound.

Graduate Studies

A Physical Education degree also can prepare students to become physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, nurses and other health care professionals.

Job Opportunities

For detailed information about Health and Physical Education degree career opportunities, see also Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Health Educators, Coaches and Scouts, Recreational Therapists, and Fitness Trainers and Instructors.

In addition to preparing you to be a teacher or coach, an undergraduate Health and Physical Education degree also will prepare you for working for fitness centers, retirement centers, nursing homes, corporate fitness and health departments, correctional facilities, resorts, camps and park districts, cruise lines, sports arenas and stadiums, sports teams, sporting goods retailers, public health services, military and community centers in the following capacities:

  • K–12 Physical Education Teacher/Coach
  • Assistant Athletic Coach
  • Sports Scout
  • Activity Specialist/Coordinator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Director
  • Recreation Coordinator/Director
    • Elder Fitness for Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, etc.
    • Youth Activity for YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc.
    • City/County Park Departments
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Health Education Teacher
  • Public Health Counselor/Trainer
  • Community Health Outreach Representative/Trainer
  • Public Safety Specialist/Trainer
  • Corporate Community Wellness Professional/Manager
  • Health and Fitness Specialists/Trainer
  • Spa or Health Club Manager
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Educator/Administrator/Official
  • Nonprofit Health Educator
  • Cruise Recreation Director
  • Sporting Goods Marketing/Sales
  • Coordinator of Community and After-School Sports Programs

What Can I Do with a Sport Management Degree?

As in all businesses, managers, accountants, marketing and advertising managers, sales people and operations managers are needed to organize and operate sports organizations. The NWU Sports Management degree prepares graduates to work in sport management, including facilities administration, construction and operation, as well as event management.

Graduate Studies

Most sports management positions require not only a bachelor’s degree and experience but possibly even a master’s and doctoral level degree. If you want to become a sports agent or lawyer, then a law degree may also be a worthwhile investment.

Job Opportunities

For detailed information about sports management career opportunities, see also Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Administrative Services Managers, Construction Managers, Public Relations Managers and Specialists, Advertising, and Promotions, and Marketing Managers and Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners.

A Sports Management degree will provide you with a chance to manage everything from the marketing and finance of a sports group to the management of actual teams and arenas—and more:

  • Coordinator of Community and After-School Sports Programs
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sportscaster
  • Sports Journalist
  • Sports Public Relations Specialist/Manager
  • Sports Personnel Management
  • Sports Financial Management
  • Sporting Goods Sales Representative/Manager
  • Fitness Equipment Purchasing Agent
  • Sporting Event Manager
  • Sports Facility Operations Assistant Manager/Manager
  • Sports Club Assistant Manager/Manager
  • Cruise Recreation Manager
  • Recreation Coordinator/Director
    • Elder Fitness for Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, etc.
    • Youth Activity for YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc.
    • City/County Park Departments
  • Camp Director
  • Club House Manager
  • Resort Manager
  • Sports Scheduling Manager
  • Business Development and Marketing
    • Marketing Research
    • Promotional Item Management
    • Non-profit Fundraising
    • Sponsorship Coordinator