The term kinesiology refers to the science of how the body moves. Knowledge of kinesiology is often employed to help people better exercise, keep healthy or heal injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons and other parts of the body responsible for motion. A master's degree in kinesiology can lead to several different types of careers.
A master's in kinesiology can prepare an individual for a career as an athletic trainer. Athletic trainers work primarily in colleges and universities and in elementary and secondary schools. They also find employment with professional sports teams and in medical offices. Athletic trainers evaluate injuries as they happen, often during the course of a game. They provide first aid to injured athletes and help them to recover from their injury and regain strength. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, athletic trainers made an average of $44,010 per year in 2012.
A degree in kinesiology can help to prepare individuals for a career in massage therapy. In some cases, individuals may need additional courses to become licensed; licensing standards for massage therapists vary significantly from state to state. Massage therapists use their knowledge of muscle groups to improve patient range of motion, make patients feel good and help them relax. Massage therapists made an average of $40,350 per year in 2012, according to the BLS.
Exercise physiologists find work primarily in hospitals, clinics and medical offices. They often work with patients who have injuries affecting their ability to move one or more parts of their body. They may work with patients who have cardiovascular or respiratory issues. Exercise physiologists use their knowledge of kinesiology to develop individualized exercise routines to improve the overall health of their patients. As of 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that exercise physiologists earned an average of $47,610 annually.
Exercise Instructors and Trainers
A background in kinesiology opens the door to exercise instruction and training careers. Personal trainers, for example, develop exercise and strength-building routines for individual clients. Aerobics and fitness instructors develop exercise routines for groups of people at gyms, fitness centers, hospitals and other facilities. Instructors can become certified in specific forms of exercise and recreation, such as kickboxing. As of 2012, fitness trainers and instructors reported an average salary of $36,900 a year to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- University of Texas: What Can I Do With a Major in Kinesiology?
- American Kinesiology Association: Careers in Kinesiology
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Athletic Trainers and Exercise Physiologists
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Athletic Trainers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Massage Therapists
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Massage Therapists
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Exercise Physiologists
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Fitness Trainers and Instructors
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 Wages for Fitness Trainers and Instructors
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