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What can you do with a degree in Kinesiology?

It turns out, according to a recent report by Forbes Magazine, that a degree from the School of Kinesiology can help prepare you for a high-demand career. The magazine recently released their list of the top 20 fastest growing jobs in the United States based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data. These jobs are predicted to have strong demand in 2014–24. The report also includes the rate of growth and 2014 median pay for each position.

A full four of the top eight careers listed in the Forbes report have their academic roots in the field of Kinesiology:

  • Physical Therapist (ranked #8)
      + 34% growth rate; median pay $84,390
  • Physical Therapist Aide (ranked #4)
      + 39% growth rate; median pay $24,650
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (ranked #3)
      + 41% growth rate; median pay $54,440
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (ranked #2)
      + 43% growth rate; median pay $59,950
Alumni spotlight: Following the winding path to a satisfying life’s work

Tyler Bosch started his career at the U of M as a master’s student in Kinesiology advised by Dr. Don Dengel. Upon graduating in 2007, he accepted a position in Chicago, then returned to the U of M four years later to enter the Kinesiology PhD program, again advised by Dr. Dengel. Tyler graduated with his PhD in 2014 and currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the U of M Medical School in Diabetes/Endocrinology.

School Leadership

Li Li Ji, PhD
Director & Professor, School of Kinesiology
Director, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene
and Exercise Science
llji@umn.edu
612-624-9809
Rayla Allison, JD
Senior Lecturer, Sport Management
Associate Director, School of Kinesiology
alli0069@umn.edu
612-626-3256
Tricia Davies
Administrative Director
tdavies@umn.edu
612-625-3332

Program Contacts

Brandi Hoffman
Director, Physical Activity Program & CEHD Academic, Professional, and Personal Success Program
bhoffman@umn.edu
612-625-8868
Nicole LaVoi, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Sport & Exercise Psychology & Sport Sociology
Director, Coaching Program
nmlavoi@umn.edu
612-626-6055
Beth Lewis, PhD
Associate Professor, Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
Director, Undergraduate Studies
blewis@umn.edu
612-625-0756
Alyssa Maples
Undergraduate (SMGT & RPLS & Coaching) Advising Coordinator
mapl0009@umn.edu
612-626-5098
Colin Rogness
Undergraduate (KIN) Advising Coordinator
rogne027@umn.edu
612-301-5265
Chelsey Thul, PhD
Lecturer
Honors Faculty Representative
rodd0020@umn.edu
612-301-1382
Michael Wade, PhD
Professor, Motor Learning/Motor Development
Interim Director, Graduate Studies
mwade@umn.edu
612-626-2094
Nina Wang, MS
Graduate Studies & M.Ed. Coordinator
nwang@umn.edu
612-625-4380