Careers in Physical Activity and Health Promotion

Physical inactivity has been recognized as a major public health problem in the U.S. and students with a B.S. in Physical Activity and Health Promotion will play an integral role in combating this public health crisis. This degree is perfect for those seeking careers in physical activity implementation and promotion, healthy lifestyle promotion, and the prevention and control of chronic diseases at the population levels.

Potential employers

  • city parks & recreation departments
  • colleges and universities
  • community organizations
  • corporate health centers
  • country clubs
  • health clubs and fitness centers
  • high schools and middle schools
  • hospitals
  • recreational organizations or leagues
  • professional fitness centers
  • health insurance companies

Did you know?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth of 16 percent for community health educators and community health workers between 2016 and 2026, a rate that’s faster than average across industries. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Educators and Community Health Workers.

Career opportunities

These occupations and related undergraduate degrees are common preparation for admission to graduate and professional programs including nursing, physician assistant, certified athletic trainer, medical degree and chiropractic programs. Find out more about these and other occupations, including salaries.

  • Health promotion director
  • Fitness center manager
  • Fitness instructor
  • Health educator
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports development officer
  • Group fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Sport analyst
  • Sports coach
  • Sport training facility manager
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Team conditioning coach
  • Community and exercise
  • Health activist
  • Corporate fitness
  • Corporate wellness manager
  • Employee fitness director exercise
  • Technicians/specialists
  • Fitness equipment sales
  • Fitness center director
  • Fitness and wellness trainer
  • Fitness consultant/specialist
  • Group fitness instructor
  • Health coach
  • Health educator
  • Health promotions
  • Spa manager
  • Sport and fitness educator
  • Youth program coordinator
  • Recreation program director
  • Wellness coach
  • Wellness coordinator/director

*certification recommended

Advanced or graduate degrees

A physical activity and health promotion degree provides students preparation for a professional degree program such as: