Kinesiology focuses on the application of the biological, physical, social and behavioral science in the study of physical activity and sport, and their effects on the health, fitness and quality of life of people of all ages and abilities. This degree integrates two complementary applied human sciences that focus on optimal health and disease prevention through the lifestyle factors of nutrition and physical activity. The degree is designed to prepare students for employment and graduate school in areas related to exercise science/kinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, allied health, medicine, research, education, physical/sport performance, and health & wellness across the lifespan.

Degree: BS in Kinesiology
Kinesiology Faculty

Potential career options in Kinesiology:

Use the career planning resources to learn about the potential career options below.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)

Adapted/Therapeutic Recreation Director
Athletic Director
Athletic Trainer
Biomedical Rep
Cardiac Rehab Specialist
Corporate Fitness Director
Exercise Physiologist

Fitness Director
Health Club Manager/Owner
Health Coach
Health Educator
Health & Fitness Writer
Health & Wellness Director
Nutritionist/Registered Dietician
Occupational Therapist
Personal Trainer
Physical Education Teacher

Physical Therapist
Recreational Therapist
Respiratory Therapist
Research Scientist
Sports Information Director
Sports Medicine Physician
Sport Psychologist
Strength & Conditioning Specialist
University Professor

Where are OSU Kinesiology alumni working?

(Data obtained from LinkedIn)

Life Enrichment, Touchmark Retirement Community
Physical Therapist, Therapeutic Associates
Physical Therapy Assistant, Rebound Physical Therapy
Older Adult Fitness Specialist, Fitness Over 50
Group Fitness Manager, Athletic Club of Bend
Operation Manager, PeaceHealth Medical Group
Cardiology Practice Manager, Bend Memorial Clinic
Certified Health & Fitness Specialist, Athletic Club of Bend
Patient Access Services, St. Charles’ Health Systems
Exercise Physiologist, Rebound Physical Therapy
Wellness Consultant, PacificSource Health Plans
Account Manager, Philips Healthcare
Physical Education Teacher, Various Districts

Where have OSU-Cascades students participated in experiential learning (intern/research/etc.)?

Rebound Physical Therapy
Peak Performance
Joseph Hospital Physical Therapy Department
St. Charles Health System
Central Oregon Research Collaborative (CORC)
American Heart Association
Anytime Fitness
Athletic Club of Bend
Bend La Pine School District
Focus Physical Therapy
Essia Health
Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)
Juniper Swim & Fitness
Nutrition Consultants
Oregon Adaptive Sports
Lifestyle Chiropractic
212 Woman Wellness
Bend Endurance Academy
Bend Park & Recreation
VR Analytical
The Center
Therapeutic Associates
Mosaic Medical
High Desert Special Olympics

Job Search:

In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in Kinesiology. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.

If you are interested in healthcare, good opportunities to gain experience are physical therapy aide, occupational therapy aide, athletic trainer, strength and conditioning coach, athletic coach, home health aide, medical assistant, certified nurse assistant (CNA),  personal care assistant (PCA), patient care technician, emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, medical scribe and pharmacy technician. Research, volunteer opportunities and mission trips can also be a great way to gain related experience in healthcare.

Research Resources:

Graduate School:

In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in Kinesiology.

Professional Associations:

Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities. This is a sampling of professional associations that you could get involved in.

Additional Resources:

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