Explore Your Options
Career paths are available in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, school systems, public and private fitness centers, and wellness divisions within corporations.
Strong background in biological and social sciences, communication and interpersonal skills, clinical experience, technical ability, critical thinking, research experience, and intercultural fluency.
Consider becoming a fitness instructor & personal trainer
. Various settings include commercial fitness centers, corporate wellness programs, community-based centers, hospital-based fitness centers, strength & conditioning programs, and military wellness and recreation programs. Since the pandemic, virtual health coaching has become an elevated field. They may work with people of all ages and skill levels. Several specialty certifications are available for fitness instructors. Educational level may vary but a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is recommended.
Consider becoming a physical therapists
. Physical therapists often work as part of a team of clinicians in the rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Physical therapy requires completion of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree after completing a series of prerequisite courses as part of a bachelor’s degree. Entry level jobs are available as PT aides or PT assistants
with associate’s or bachelor’s degrees.
Consider becoming a occupational therapist
. They help individuals to develop, recover, and improve these activities. Occupational therapists often work in clinics, hospitals, schools, senior care centers, and home health services. A graduate degree is required to become an occupational therapist after a bachelor’s degree has been completed.
Consider becoming an athletic trainer
. Many athletic trainers work in educational settings, such as colleges, universities, and secondary schools. Others work in hospitals, clinics, and with professional sports teams. A graduate degree is now required to become certified as an athletic trainer. Certification is also required after extensive hands-on clinical training.
Consider becoming a dietitian and nutritionist
. They provide individuals with guidance on what to eat to meet their health-related goals. Dietitians must have a bachelor’s degree, along with the completion of an extensive internship in order to become a registered dietitian.
Consider becoming a recreational therapist
. They may work indoors or outdoors and in settings that may include hospitals, nursing homes, or park-like settings. A number of modalities may be used such as art, aquatics, horseback riding, and dance. Recreation Therapy requires a bachelor’s degree and certification.
Consider becoming an exercise physiologist
. Some exercise physiologists are self-employed while others work for hospitals and healthcare providers to monitor exercise during rehabilitation programs. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree plus certification is recommended for entry-level employment. Some may go on to earn advanced degrees aimed at clinical or human performance research.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/, visited June 2022.
The outcomes on this page are filtered to common majors found within this specific career community. For a full view of outcomes across all programs and degrees in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, explore the Outcomes page.
Career Contact: Kim Ecenbarger
SPH Senior Associate Director