Careers in Physical Education

Career Possibilities:

Activities Director- Responsible for a recreation program's daily operation, primarily organize and direct participants. Starting Salary: $15.72/hr

Athletic Coach- Organize, instructs, and teaches amateur and professional athletes in fundamentals of individual and team sports. Starting Salary: $13,370

Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor- Conduct group exercise sessions that involve aerobic exercise, stretching, and muscle conditioning. Starting Salary: $11.51/hr

Community/Commercial Recreation- Organize and direct leisure activities and athletic programs for employees of all ages. Starting Salary: $8.69/hr

Corporate Fitness Instructor- Help clients to assess their level of physical fitness and help them to set and reach fitness goals. Starting Salary: $15.72/hr

Nutrition Specialist- Plan food and nutrition programs and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. They help to prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications. Starting Salary: $25,520

Personal Trainer- Work with clients on a one-on-one basis in either a gym or the client's home. Starting Salary: $11.51/hr

Rehabilitation Specialist/Physical Therapist- Provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Starting Salary: $40,200

Social Director- Organize and lead group activities. Starting Salary: $15,420

Teacher; Physical Education- help students delve more deeply into physical education and expose them to the world of physical fitness. Starting Salary: $30,719

Helpful web site:

Also look at career centers at various Universities-these will be the most helpful!

Other Career Opportunities:

Adventurer/Risk Taker
Aquatic Management
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor
Country Club Manager
Cruise Recreation Director
Dance Instructor/Aerobics Instructor
Emergency Medical Technician
Exercise Physiology
Health/Fitness Consultant
Occupation Exercise Scientist
Park Manager
SPA/Health Club Manager
Sporting Goods Sales

Additional Education or Experience Required:

Camp Director
Sports Agent
Athletic Director-College/University
Sports and Fitness Nutritionist
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Sports Medicine
Sports Psychologist
Sport/Research Instructor
Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist Assistant