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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Faculty of Kinesiology

The first question many students have about Kinesiology is, "What can you do with a Kinesiology degree?" The answer is many, many things. Kinesiology is the study of human movement and it is fundamentally concerned with human health and wellness. As a result you'll find that a Kinesiology degree is an excellent spring-board to many careers in sports, recreation, health and fitness and education.

It's also a great stepping stone to secondary education and many of our undergraduates have gone on to pursue further education in fields such as medicine, chiropracty, physiotherapy or dentistry.

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Active Listening
  • Assessment
  • Coaching
  • Communication (excellent oral and written skills)
  • Counseling
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Instructing
  • Intercultural sensitivity/awareness
  • Multi-tasking
  • Organization
  • Prescription (exercise)
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Stress Management
  • Teaching
  • Teamwork

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Active Living Specialist
  • Athletic Therapist
  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiopulmonary Technologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Coach
  • Dancer
  • Dietician
  • Ergonomist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Firefighter
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Health and Wellness Educator/Promoter
  • Kinesiologist
  • Manager – Corporate Wellness/Sport and Recreation
  • Nurse
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist (X-Ray, MRI Techs)
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Osteopath
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Paramedic
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Education Instructor/Teacher
  • Physician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Police Officer
  • Recreation and Sport Administrator
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Marketing Specialist

Potential Industries

  • Government facilities for special
    needs populations
  • Athletic equipment companies
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Cccupational health departments
  • Sport and fitness centres
  • Professional and amateur sport organizations
  • Hospitals and primary health care settings 
  • Comprehensive health care clinics
  • Post-secondary education institutions
  • Sport governing bodies
  • Recreation facilities


Key Contacts

Undergraduate Advising Office

Faculty of Kinesiology, KNB 137/142

T: 403-220-7018



Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020