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KINESIOLOGIST: Working With Top Athletes And Physical Therapists

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Ross, is a Kinesiologist in a physical therapy office. His job consists of helping top athletes, as well as just normal people, get back into physical shape after an injury. He started on this career path in an effort to help athletes he was training to avoid injuries. Ross knows now that the strategies used to help elite athletes can be applied to assist non-athletes as well.

Degree: Health and Physical Education/Fitness
Job Title: Kinesiologist
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

Job Description

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise (exercises for the heart and blood system), strength training, and stretching. They work with people of all ages and skill levels.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Some group fitness instructors and personal fitness trainers work other full-time jobs and teach fitness classes or offer personal training sessions during the week or on the weekend. Fitness trainers and instructors may work nights, weekends, or holidays. Some travel to different gyms or to clients' homes to teach classes or offer personal training sessions.

Certification Requirement
REequired by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $65,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Physical Sciences
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m='12580'>I've</span> <span m='12660'>studied</span> <span m='13110'>at</span> <span m='13260'>a</span> <span m='13310'>lot</span> <span m='13480'>of</span> <span m='13530'>different</span> <span m='14360'>programs</span> <span m='14790'>and</span> <span m='14860'>universities</span> <span m='15370'>and</span> <span m='15460'>things</span> <span m='15660'>like</span> <span m='15830'>that</span> <span m='16050'>in order</span> <span m='16230'>to do</span> <span m='16340'>that</span> <span m='16500'>kind</span> <span m='16630'>of</span> <span m='16690'>work,</span> <span m='16980'>but</span> <span m='16990'>it's</span> <span m='17120'>really</span> <span m='17350'>interesting</span> <span m='17730'>because</span> <span m='17990'>it's</span> <span m='18140'>an</span> <span m='18220'>integrative</span> <span m='18680'>model.</span> <span m='19010'>So</span> <span m='19190'>we</span> <span m='19330'>take</span> <span m='19540'>people</span> <span m='19830'>beyond</span> <span m='20290'>physical</span> <span m='20660'>therapy</span> <span m='21360'>but</span> <span m='21750'>still</span> <span m='22130'>in</span> <span m='22200'>the</span> <span m='22270'>same</span> <span m='22540'>environment.</span> </p><p><span m='23480'>It's</span> <span m='23640'>a</span> <span m='23700'>lot</span> <span m='23930'>of</span> <span m='24660'>physical</span> <span m='24970'>training,</span> <span m='25920'>movement</span> <span m='26490'>patterns,</span> <span m='27320'>looking</span> <span m='27640'>at</span> <span m='27720'>health</span> <span m='27990'>and</span> <span m='28080'>wellness.</span> <span m='29740'>Again,</span> <span m='30010'>it's</span> <span m='30150'>a</span> <span m='30200'>lot</span> <span m='30340'>like</span> <span m='30480'>personal</span> <span m='30750'>trainer or</span> <span m='31110'>strength</span> <span m='31420'>coaching.</span> <span m='32680'>I</span> <span m='32750'>also</span> <span m='32970'>work</span> <span m='33180'>with</span> <span m='33290'>high-performance</span> <span m='33890'>athletes,</span> <span m='34940'>anywhere</span> <span m='35350'>from</span> <span m='36390'>14</span> <span m='36870'>years</span> <span m='37120'>old</span> <span m='37350'>to</span> <span m='37660'>80</span> <span m='37900'>years</span> <span m='38180'>old;</span> <span m='38880'>hip</span> <span m='39100'>surgeries,</span> <span m='40280'>replaced</span> <span m='40700'>joints</span> <span m='41160'>to</span> <span m='41500'>elite</span> <span m='41770'>athletes.</span> <span m='43110'>It's</span> <span m='43460'>really</span> <span m='43730'>a</span> <span m='44010'>diverse</span> <span m='44610'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='45480'>I</span> <span m='45670'>started</span> <span m='46030'>out</span> <span m='46210'>being</span> <span m='46400'>trained</span> <span m='46660'>as</span> <span m='46750'>a</span> <span m='46820'>teacher,</span> <span m='47190'>actually--</span> <span m='47500'>health and</span> <span 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m='59460'>could</span> <span m='59600'>skip</span> <span m='59890'>that</span> <span m='60100'>step--</span> <span m='60790'>and</span> <span m='61140'>in</span> <span m='61280'>athletes</span> <span m='61700'>that</span> <span m='61830'>I'd</span> <span m='61950'>worked</span> <span m='62160'>with</span> <span m='62330'>in</span> <span m='62370'>the</span> <span m='62440'>past,</span> <span m='62810'>things</span> <span m='63000'>like</span> <span m='63150'>that,</span> <span m='63370'>based</span> <span m='63590'>on</span> <span m='63660'>my</span> <span m='63790'>own</span> <span m='63920'>athletic</span> <span m='64290'>experience</span> <span m='64870'>and</span> <span m='65940'>kind</span> <span m='66160'>of</span> <span m='66230'>just</span> <span m='66440'>combined</span> <span m='66890'>the</span> <span m='67000'>two</span> <span m='67340'>into</span> <span m='68460'>one</span> <span m='68720'>sort</span> <span m='68940'>of</span> <span m='69410'>duel-edged</span> <span 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<span m='79060'>patient</span> <span m='79440'>base,</span> <span m='79700'>could</span> <span m='79910'>be</span> <span m='80710'>anywhere</span> <span m='81050'>from</span> <span m='81250'>NBA</span> <span m='81650'>to</span> <span m='81750'>NFL,</span> <span m='83430'>Olympians</span> <span m='84230'>to</span> <span m='84720'>grandma.</span> <span m='86150'>It</span> <span m='86260'>doesn't</span> <span m='86480'>really</span> <span m='86610'>matter.</span> <span m='87210'>That's</span> <span m='87370'>the</span> <span m='87450'>beauty</span> <span m='87750'>of</span> <span m='87840'>it,</span> <span m='87960'>and</span> <span m='88110'>everybody's</span> <span m='88510'>under</span> <span m='88650'>the</span> <span m='88750'>same</span> <span m='88950'>roof</span> <span m='89160'>a</span> <span m='89210'>lot</span> <span m='89380'>of</span> <span m='89420'>the</span> <span m='89520'>time.</span> <span m='89910'>So</span> <span m='90420'>you</span> <span m='90550'>have</span> <span m='91490'>grandma</span> <span m='92090'>or</span> <span m='92860'>your</span> <span m='93210'>local</span> <span m='93550'>dentist</span> <span m='94240'>in</span> <span m='94680'>the</span> <span m='94740'>same</span> <span m='95000'>environment</span> <span m='95490'>as</span> <span m='95610'>an</span> <span m='95700'>elite</span> <span m='95900'>athlete.</span> </p><p><span m='97040'>I</span> <span m='97200'>didn't</span> <span m='97530'>know</span> <span m='97750'>that it</span> <span m='97890'>would</span> <span m='98280'>be</span> <span m='98590'>as</span> <span m='98870'>integrated</span> <span m='99960'>as</span> <span m='100250'>often.</span> <span m='101120'>I</span> <span m='101240'>thought</span> <span m='101510'>that</span> <span m='101630'>there</span> <span m='101740'>would</span> <span m='101850'>be</span> <span m='102000'>a</span> <span m='102050'>bigger</span> <span m='102690'>disparity</span> <span m='103280'>between</span> <span m='103640'>the</span> <span m='103710'>medical</span> <span m='104150'>side</span> <span m='104430'>of</span> <span m='104520'>it</span> <span m='104950'>and</span> <span m='105120'>the</span> <span m='105190'>performance</span> <span m='105770'>training</span> <span m='106110'>side</span> <span m='106370'>of</span> <span m='106450'>it.</span> <span m='107330'>And</span> <span m='107570'>that</span> <span m='107760'>integration</span> <span m='108270'>is</span> <span m='108380'>actually</span> <span m='108600'>what's</span> <span m='108850'>kept</span> <span m='109140'>me</span> <span m='109310'>in it--</span> <span m='110860'>the</span> <span m='111280'>ability</span> <span m='111730'>to</span> <span m='112030'>use</span> <span m='112940'>the</span> <span m='113030'>same</span> <span m='113850'>strategies</span> <span m='114500'>that</span> <span m='114600'>we</span> <span m='114700'>might</span> <span m='114910'>use</span> <span m='115290'>or</span> <span m='116080'>protocol,</span> <span 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