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As a Kinesiology major, you will leverage your Penn State education and a vast network of like-minded professionals to find a fulfilling career that focuses on the human body and the study of physical activity in the context of human health and well-being.

With many practical applications, there is a seemingly endless array of positions in which your skills and knowledge will be put to great use, including:

  • Physical, occupational, or dance therapy

  • Commercial health and fitness consulting

  • Research

  • Medical or allied health professions: Medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing

  • Teaching: Physical education or dance

  • Coaching: Fitness or athletic training, strength and conditioning coach, amateur or professional sports teams

  • Sports management and marketing

  • Physical activities for individuals with disabilities

It is worth noting that many Kinesiology students to on to pursue graduate studies in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and behavior, motor programs for special populations, sports psychology, or pedagogy.

Career Services

It is never too early in your academic experience to explore all of the career services available to you, and Penn State Career Services is an excellent place to start. You can meet with a drop-in counselor any time between 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. weekdays in the Bank of America Career Services Center to discuss your concerns or to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

For Students: Recruiting Calendar — Take advantage of a variety of recruiting events offered right here on campus.

For Recruiters: Our Students — Learn how to hire Penn State graduates for a wide variety of positions.

Become a Protégé

As a junior, our Mentor Program allows you an opportunity to be matched with a professional in your field(s) of interest who can offer advice and information about career options and other related issues. The program allows you to explore internships, career choices, and plans after graduation with your mentor.

See Also

Kinesiology Internships