Kinesiology: Building Expertise in Health and Movement

Kinesiology refers to the study of human movement and the various treatments of movement injuries and disorders. This diverse field leverages itself into many professional careers, and the need for diversity within the field itself is great. For students of color with an academic interest, majoring in kinesiology can be useful for anyone pursuing a career in advanced biomedical fields. If you’re seeking a more practical approach, a kinesiology major can pursue numerous fields in applied healthcare or education.

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Careers in Kinesiology

A degree in kinesiology doesn’t lend itself to one specific career, but instead can be used as a solid foundation for numerous careers including:

  • Personal Trainer: These professionals work with individuals to help them meet their personal fitness goals . Personal training is a growing field. According to the bureau of labor statistics, the field is expected to grow 16% over the next 10 years.
  • Physical Education Teacher: When paired with an education curriculum, kinesiology is a solid foundation for various careers in physical education.
  • Physical Therapist: Healthcare professionals send patients to physical therapists to rehabilitate injured parts of the body. Whether the patient is recovering from surgery, a long standing injury, or other ailment, physical therapists teach them the skills they need to recover. As the United States elderly population continues to grow, demand for physical therapists also will continue to expand. The field is expecting 18% growth over the next decade.
  • Ergonomics Researcher: Ergonomics is the study of how humans interact with systems. With a background in kinesiology, ergonomics researchers study the ways in which the body is affected by the systems people use every day with the goal of promoting health and productivity.

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How to Prepare for Success

Kinesiologists should have a good understanding of anatomy and physiology, exercise science and health.


UNCF Schools to Consider

Four UNCF-member schools offer programs for students wishing to work in the field of kinesiology, including:


Professional Organizations

There are numerous organizations that offer more insight into working in kinesiology and its related careers. A sample list includes:



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Several scholarships are available through UNCF. The UNCF General Scholarship Awards are an excellent opportunity for any student going to a UNCF-member college, regardless of their major. The UNCF/Koch Scholars Program offers scholarships, mentorship, academic support and networking opportunities to undergraduate African American students. The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program awards a $10,000 scholarship to one exceptional HBCU senior each year who has demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, commitment to community service and unmet financial need.

Some UNCF scholarships are available only to those pursuing specific careers. For example, the Tampax Flow It Forward Scholarship is available to students pursuing a career in healthcare. 

Students should also check with each college or university to see if there are additional scholarships available to study kinesiology.

(Please note: UNCF scholarships have opening and closing application times; a scholarship application may not be available when you visit.)

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