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Do you ever watch the Olympics or a sports game and are overcome with a sense of awe by the performance of an athlete? The way an NBA basketball player can flawlessly make his shots and score against the opposing team—or a stunning acrobatic move that a gymnast manages to pull off perfectly? If so, you might be interested in majoring in kinesiology.

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UTSA’s Kinesiology Program

If you pursue a Kinesiology degree at UTSA (Ranked as the 38th Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Kinesiology for 2020 according to Great Value Colleges), you’ll choose a concentration in Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and Health Science, and Physical Education. Concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor. In these programs, you’ll explore a wide variety of fields like community health, school health, nutrition, exercise physiology, exercise and sport psychology, adaptive/developmental physical education, biomechanics, motor learning and control.

Careers in Kinesiology

Top job titles for Kinesiology graduates include:

• Coach
• Recreation Activities Worker
• Personal Trainer
• Fitness Manager
• Exercise Physiologist

Kinesiology and its related career pathways are currently in higher demand than average in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA and Phoenix, AZ. More than 144,000 kinesiology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Kinesiology Graduates

Kinesiology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of kinesiology-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Higher education
• Recreation Industries
• Elementary and Secondary Schools
• General Hospitals
• Assisted Living Facilities

Salaries for Kinesiology Graduates

The salary range for open kinesiology-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $28,178
median $43,075
top 10% $80,096

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Kinesiology Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Kinesiology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Kinesiology may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You are well organized
• You are a good planner
• You like being physically active
• You like solving puzzles and problems


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