Sports science jobs require a knowledge of personal fitness, how the body functions and how to develop fitness plans. Sports science graduates can pursue a career as a wellness program administrator, sports instructor, physical education teacher, or strength conditioning coach, to name some examples. Work settings include corporate, university, and recreational facilities.
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Wellness Program Administrators
A wellness program administrator handles activities for a company's health and wellness centre or government agency program. Duties involve signing up employees for smoking cessation workshops, conducting employee health polls and reviewing health issues with employees.
Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree in exercise science or nursing, with an understanding of employee health motivation and group organisation. Wellness program administrators earn an average annual salary of £40,431, according to a June 2010 report on the job website, Career Builder.
Physical Education Teachers
Physical education teachers help high school and elementary students maintain active lifestyles. Duties include explaining and directing group sports activities, providing individual guidance and discussing physical activity programs with parents or school administrators.
Some employers require a bachelor's degree in physical education with teaching certification. Other employers accept applicants with a bachelor's degree in exercise science or health education and a teaching license. Applicants must understand how to improve a student's physical fitness and how to reduce student accidents. Physical education teachers earn an average annual salary of £27,950, according to a June 2010 report on the Simply Hired job website.
A sports instructor teaches and monitors a sports participant during her practice sessions, giving guidance for various activities such as tossing a baseball, kicking a soccer ball, or holding a tennis racket. Additional duties involve repairing and selling sports equipment.
Employers hire applicants with an undergraduate degree in sports science and with teaching experience. Workplaces include recreational facilities and schools. Sports instructors earn an average annual salary of £23,400, according to a June 2010 report on the Simply Hired website.
Strength and Conditioning Coaches
A strength and conditioning coach helps athletes maintain performance levels and reduce injuries. Duties involve discussing physical health with an athlete and creating exercise programs. These professionals work with other health team members such as medical doctors, fitness directors and athletic coaches.
Employers hire applicants with an undergraduate degree in exercise science or sports medicine with certification from a national certifying agency. Strength and conditioning coaches earn an average annual salary of £26,650, according to a June 2010 report on Simply Hired.
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