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physical education

"What Can I Do With a Major in...Physical Education?"

Why Major in Physical Education?

Physical Education B.S. Program Option 1: Elementary - Secondary Certification K-12
Physical Education B.S. Program Option 2: Fitness/Wellness (Corporate Fitness)
Physical Education B.S. Program Option 2: Fitness/Wellness (Exercise Science)

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Develop a foundation for a professional philosophy based on both historical and current knowledge of physical education, physical activity, and fitness/wellness.
  • Understand physical activity through the use of knowledge of human anatomy, kinesiology, physiology and analysis of movement patterns.
  • Expand his/her skills, knowledge and understanding in a variety of physical activities including games, sports, rhythms and fitness skills.
  • Understand and apply first aid procedures, safety factors and risk management involved in physical activity settings.
  • Gain an awareness of administering physical education and fitness/wellness programs for diverse populations.
  • Properly apply measurement and evaluation in the assessment of physical education and fitness/wellness programs.
  • Develop an appreciation for the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle.

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Related Career Titles

Area 1: Elementary - Secondary Certification K-12

Athletic CoachPhysical Education Teacher

Area 2: Corporate Fitness

Aquatic ManagementFitness Center Manager
Community Health and Fitness ProfessionalFitness Center Operator
ConsultantHealth Club Manager
Corporate Fitness DirectorHealth Promotion Director
Corporate Fitness SpecialistPersonal Trainer
Corporate Wellness Program DirectorSales/Marketing Professional
Country Club Manager Wellness Coordinator
Exercise Program Director

Area 3: Exercise Science

Activities DirectorHealth Promotion Director
Adventure/Risk TrainerHealth/Fitness Instructor
Aerobics/Group Exercise InstructorHealthy Behavior Specialist
Aquatic ManagementHuman Kinetics Specialist
Athletic CoachMedical Physician
Athletic TrainerMunicipal Recreation Specialist
BiomechanistNutrition Consultant
Cardiac RehabilitationOccupational Physiologist
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation SpecialistPersonal Trainer
Cardiovascular Fitness InstructorPrison Recreation Specialist
Chiropractic PhysicianProfessional Sports Judge/Referee/Umpire
Corporate Wellness Program DirectorRecreation/Camp Program Director
Country Club ManagerResearcher
Cruise Recreation DirectorSports Nutritionist
Exercise PhysiologistSports Psychologist
Exercise Program DirectorStrength & Conditioning Coach
Fitness DirectorSwimming Pool Manager
Fitness InstructorWeight Training Instructor
Fitness Program CoordinatorWellness Coordinator
Health Club Manager

Related Job Listings/Job Search Website

American College of Sports Medicine
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Success
Exercise Jobs
National Strength and Conditioning Association

Affiliated Organizations

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
American College of Sports Medicine
MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
National Strength and Conditioning Association

Four-Year Academic Plans

Physical Education Option 1: Elementary - Secondary Certification Physical Education; K - 12 Certification: B.S. Degree
Physical Education; Fitness/Wellness (Corporate Fitness): B.S. Degree
Physical Education; Fitness/Wellness (Exercise Science): B.S. Degree


The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact then Career Services Center by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me?

Physical Education: K-12 Certification Majors:
Sarah Cavanah
Career Development Coordinator

Physical Education Exercise Science or Corporate Fitness Majors:
Keira Mann
Career Development Coordinator