Kinesiology & Physical Education - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Kinesiology & Physical Education.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Develop and implement programs designed to maximize physical and mental health and wellness
  • Knowledge of theories of health and fitness, human anatomy and trends in the field
  • Understanding of physical risk assessment, injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Knowledge of human biomechanics and strategies for maximizing physical potential
  • Able to evaluate and modify activities, equipment and environment to ensure optimal usage
  • Skilled in organizing, planning and administering activities, programs, groups and events
  • Can identify, develop and implement leisure and recreational activities to enhance quality of life
  • Able to assess/evaluate individual or community physical/leisure/recreation needs, make recommendations regarding needs and develop individual and community plans

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Activities Director
Adult Educator
Athletics Director
Biomechanical Engineer
Coach/Assistant Coach
Corporate Sports Organizer
Corporate Trainer
Corporate Wellness Manager
Emergency Medical Technician
Equipment Designer
Ergonomics Consultant
Event Planner
Exercise Physiologist
Facilities Manager
Fitness Club Manager
Fitness/Athletic Trainer
Health Information Co-ordinator
Holistic Health Practitioner
Hospitality Co-ordinator
Human Resources
Law Enforcement
League Co-ordinator
Massage Therapist
Movement Analyst
Occupational Therapist/Assistant
Orthotics/Prosthetics Designer
Outdoor Guide/Instructor
Personal Life Coach
Personal Trainer
Physical Education Teacher
Physical Therapist/Assistant
Public Relations
Recreation Program Co-
Recreation Therapist
Resort/Spa Director
Seniors Program Co-ordinator
Special Needs Consultant
Sports Administrator
Sports Agency Director
Sports Agent/Promoter
Sports Historian
Sports Marketing
Sports Merchandise Sales
Sports Official
Sports Program Co-ordinator
Sports Psychologist
Sports Show Producer
Sports Statistician
Sports Writer/Photographer
Strength/Conditioning Trainer
Student Life Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

City Recreation Programs
Convention Centres
Educational Institutions
Government Sport Organizations
Hospitals/Rehabilitation Clinics
Marketing Companies
Media Organizations
Minor Sports Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Pro-Sports Organizations
Recreation Facilities
Seniors Communities
Sporting Goods Companies
Sports Historical/Hall of Fame
Sports Medicine Clinics
Wellness Centres/Health Clubs


Canadian Kinesiology Alliance -
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology -
Ontario Kinesiology Association -
Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine -
Ontario Fitness Council -
The Ontario Physical and Health Education Association -
Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute -
Canadian Wellness -

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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