Careers in Physical Education and Sport

A variety of career opportunities exist for those with a passion for fitness, wellness, and athletics, and APU’s kinesiology and physical education programs can help equip you for these roles. Explore the following career opportunities and connect with our department to see which program can support you in reaching your goals.

Teaching: K-12, Adapted P.E., Higher Education

A graduate physical education degree can prepare to you teach at any level. Choose a program based on your area of interest and develop the skills and experience for roles such as:

  • Elementary physical education teacher
  • Middle school physical education teacher
  • High school physical education teacher
  • Adapted physical education teacher
  • Professor at a community college
  • Lecturer or adjunct faculty at a four-year college or university
  • Professor at a four-year college or university

While a master’s degree is not required to teach physical education in K-12 settings, in most school districts it will advance your salary. APU’s M.A. in Physical Education with Single Subject Teaching Credential program credits many of your single subject credential units toward the master’s degree requirements.

A master’s degree is required, however, to teach physical education at the community-college level, and a doctorate is required to teach at four-year colleges and universities.

Athletic Coaching

For those called to coaching, a master’s degree in physical education gives you a deeper understanding of the tools and techniques needed to help athletes hone their skills. APU’s programs also integrate a strong focus on integrity, sportsmanship, and character. Graduate equipped to pursue any of the following:

  • Professional team coach
  • Coach at the college level
  • Coach at the K-12 level

Athletic Director or Athletic Administrator

Help lead athletic programs at K-12 schools or colleges as an athletic administrator or director. In these roles integrate leadership experience with a focus on fitness and sports to help coaches, teams, and athletes excel.

  • College Athletic Director
  • K-12 Athletic Administrator

Athletic Counseling

If you enjoy helping college athletes thrive inside and outside of sports, many opportunities exist within student athlete support services. Roles in this field provide assistance to student-athletes through programming, course scheduling, educational support services, academic advising, career advising, personal growth and life skills, and more.

  • Academic Counselor
  • Student-athlete career development program manager
  • Community outreach manager
  • Health and wellness advisor

Corporate Health and Wellness

More companies are seeking ways to help support employee wellness through fitness programs. While some companies manage their own in-house corporate fitness programs, most outsource their programs to vendors with the required expertise. Careers in this areas allow you to use your training and expertise to help employees manage health and stress through fitness.

  • On-site Fitness Facilities
  • Recreation Programs
  • Health Risk Assessment
  • Biometric Screenings
  • Health Education Programs
  • Stress Management
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Smoking Cessation Programs
  • Disease Management Programs
  • Back Safety/Training Programs

Sport Management

The highly competitive field of sport management provides sports-minded professionals opportunities for exciting careers in the world of athletics. APU offers several sport management degree options to prepare you for roles such as:

  • Athletic Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Public Relations
  • Market Research
  • Facility Management
  • Community Relations

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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