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Wondering what you can do with your kinesiology degree?
Conduct some career research using the resources provided on the left. Learn what job titles are associated with your degree, what transferable skills you are developing, where alumni have gone to work, what job boards are associated with your degree and more!
Look below for a list of possible career titles you can pursue with a degree kinesiology. This list is not comprehensive, as there are many careers within the field.
Athletic Therapist - assesses, works to prevent, and offers immediate care for musculoskeletal injuries and provides an environment that allows for healing and the integration of the individual back into an active lifestyle
Chiropractor- a Doctor trained in the science, art and philosophy of manipulation (adjustment) of the human body. Chiropractic evaluation and treatment is directed at evaluating the cause of the problem through structural analysis of the musculo-skeletal systems of the body
Ergonomist - participates in the design of systems to optimize overall system performance. Ergonomists contribute to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems in order to make them compatible with the needs, abilities and limitations of people
Health Promoter - promotes efforts to prevent ill health through risk reduction or early detection, to prevent avoidable complications of an irreversible, manifest disease and to prevent reoccurrence of ill health. Health promotion enhances positive health through the overlapping spheres of health education, disease prevention and health protection
Occupational Therapist - a therapist who evaluates the self-care, work and leisure skills of a person and plans and implements social and interpersonal activities to develop, restore, and/or maintain the person's ability to accomplish activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing) and necessary occupational tasks
Orthotist - a person skilled in making mechanical appliances (orthotics) such as leg braces or splints that help to support limb function. A skilled professional who fabricates orthotic devices that are prescribed by a physician
Personal Trainer - teaches, assists and encourages a trainee of any sport at any level. Personal fitness instructors play an important role in the lives of many struggling and aspiring health- and condition-conscious people
Physiotherapist - a professional who treats physical disorders through manipulation, mobilization techniques and prescribing strengthening exercises and advice where appropriate
Play Therapist - work with children and youth suffering from a range of psychological difficulties and multifaceted life experiences. Play Therapists help their clients understand and decrease their internal conflict and to increase resiliency and coping abilities
Prosthetist - a person involved in the science and art of prosthetics; one that designs and fits artificial limbs
Recreation Leader - guides people in leisure activities. They may organize and direct recreational activities, explaining rules and regulations, as well as demonstrate equipment and techniques. They may also have to encourage or motivate people to participate. They also ensure the safety of participants by watching the activities
Recreational Therapist - provides planned treatment or therapy, for example health restoration, remediation, rehabilitation, which uses recreation and activities as the main source of treatment for individuals with limited functions
Rehabilitation Therapist Assistant - helps physiotherapists and occupational therapists to give care to the patient and helps with comfort and relaxation
Sports Consultant - provide expert advice and consulting service to sports associations and other organizations in the design, development and administration of sports programs and activities.
Sports Program Co-coordinator - responsibilities include assisting in the administration and management of recreation/sports program. May also coordinate programs for recreation facilities, etc.
Sports Program Supervisor - may plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of recreation and sports programs and services including budget estimates and policy development. May provide technical and professional advice on recreation and sports matters
Teacher - someone who educates, instructs or teaches
Other Potential Careers:
Look below to find information that may help you narrow your work search, or help you choose a program of study. Remember it's best to pick something you are interested in. This list is not a comprehensive list of all fields within kinesiology.
Biomechanics - This area focuses on using the laws of physics and engineering theories to describe how a body moves, and the energy that acts upon them during various activities. It is the study of how the human body moves
Ergonomics - the study and design of systems and how to optimize their use by humans so that there is increased efficiency and improved working conditions
Exercise Physiology - the study of how the body adapts to physical movement
Health Psychology - is a specific area of study within psychology that tries to understand the psychological affect on health, illness and the responses to both
Human Anatomy - the study of organ and organ systems
Injuries and rehabilitation - the study of injuries and how to improve and maximize motor and perceptual abilities
Physiology - the study of how an organism functions as well as its processes
Psychomotor behaviour - the study of how humans process information regarding motor behaviour, control and learning
Sociology, Physical Activity and Sport - involves many areas, but can include the study of sport and social involvement, and perception of self and how it relates to physical activity
Transferable skills are very important. An employee can take these skills and apply them to almost any job at any company in any industry. Employers highly value an individual's transferable skills. These are some of the skills that are developed by graduates from a kinesiology program.
Take a look at the companies who have hired McMaster graduates in the past. This list is only a sample of potential employers. Google the company name to find out more about the company such as careers and office locations.