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Physical Education and Related Studies is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

  • Kinesiology

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    $49k

    Kinesiology

    The draw of a degree in kinesiology may well be attached to the interdisciplinary nature of the field. A kinesiology major can prepare students for a wide spectrum of careers in health, wellness, fitness, and education. It provides solid footing for prospective personal trainers, athletic therapists, and exercise scientists. It also lays the foundation for advanced study in kinesiology and in the complementary fields of medicine, physiotherapy, and chiropractics.

    When one considers the breadth of knowledge that graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology possess, it is not surprising that in general they have little trouble finding jobs in their field. Their versatile skill set is simultaneously specific to human movement and adaptable to the physiological, bio-mechanical, psychological, and sociological elements that interact to enable it.

    • A thorough understanding of all of the factors that affect human movement: biological, psychological, social, and aesthetic
    • Knowledge of theories, trends, and developments in health and fitness
    • Ability to develop and administer plans for injury prevention and rehabilitation
    • Ability to assess risks associated with work, leisure, and sporting activities
    • Ability to apply the principles of biomechanics to determine strategies for maximizing human physical potential
    • Ability to assess the quality and proper usage of athletic activities, equipment, and environments
    • Ability to plan and administer appropriate physical activities and programs for individuals and groups
    • Ability to assess the physical and recreational needs of communities and make community planning recommendations
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  • Sports Management

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    $51k

    Sports Management

    There are many program possibilities to consider when thinking about getting a sports management degree and many careers to choose from. For example, individuals can think about becoming an athletic trainer, a sports agent, a physical therapist, a coach, a public relations liaison, a sports statistical analyst, a sports facilities manager, a scout, or perhaps delve into sports law. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as Sports Management touches most professional areas in some way.

    Presently, there are more than 640 US colleges that offer Sports Management as an undergrad and graduate degree with an estimated 30,000+ students.

    The following are the sports management degree levels that are available:

    Associate’s Degree Programs
    Associate’s degree programs are broad-based and cover the fundamentals of physical education, coaching, management, and business ethics and law.

    Bachelor’s Degree Programs
    Choices for a bachelor’s degree in this field may include Sports Management, Marketing, Business Administration and Accounting.

    Master’s Degree Programs
    Master of Science in Sports Medicine
    Master of Science in Sports Management
    Master of Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance, Marketing or Sports Management)

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  • Personal Training

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    Personal Training

    Perhaps you have your own personal story to tell. Or perhaps you’ve always been healthy and physically active, and want to help others achieve their health and fitness goals while earning a living doing it. If this sounds like you, getting a degree in personal training may be the perfect fit. Seeing people become happy, confident, and comfortable in their own skin is one of the most satisfying things about becoming a personal trainer.

    People will choose to hire a personal trainer for all sorts of reasons—to lose weight, to put on muscle, or to get faster, stronger, or healthier. A trainer may play multiple roles with a client, alternating between coach, mentor, teacher, cheerleader, or even drill sergeant—as the situation demands.

    Knowledge in nutrition, human anatomy, and exercise physiology is essential. Degree options can be found at the associate, bachelor's, and master's degree levels.

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