If you have a passion for healthy living and physical activity, why not promote public wellness and physical education by training to be a coach, teacher, personal trainer, health facility manager, or recreation director.  Or you can prepare for graduate study in physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, or sports medicine.  Small class sizes mean lots of hands-on, active learning with professors who take a personal interest in their students’ well being and success.  

Sports and Fitness Management major is for students interested in running a health club or managing a sports team. 

Job Outlook

A continued interest in sports and recreation and a growth in the overall population are expected to increase the need for sports and fitness management professionals.


Salary varies greatly by location and employer.

Educational Qualifications

Many sports and fitness managers have to start with an internship with the organization and work their way up to managing. Often experience within the sport is a big help, as many former athletes go on to manage after their playing days are through. There are some colleges that offer master's degrees in sports management and this is obviously a large advantage in getting a job. To become a sports and fitness manager it is important to have a good business sense and the ability to communicate and negotiate in serious discussions about big issues. 

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.


A degree from the Kinesiology department prepares you for work in a hospital, school, fitness center, or gymnasium.  It also serves as preparation for graduate education in physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, or sports medicine.  Additional certifications offered in connection with degrees in the Kinesiology department increase employment opportunities.


  • Physical Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Coach
  • Trainer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Recreational Director
  • Athletic Administrator
  • Fitness Specialist

Expected employment growth of physical therapists 2010 to 2020

Faculty Profiles

Vesa Naukkarinen, MS

Associate Professor

Chad Hutchinson, MS

Assistant Professor

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor and Department Chair

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