Kinesiologist

Nurse Anesthesiologist

Kinesiologists are much like ergonomists in that they study how the human body reacts to certain types of work and movement. Kinesiologists, however, study all aspects of human movement in home, work, and sports and recreational environments, including the psychological, physiological, biomechanical, historical, and sociological aspects, focusing more on the aspect of sports and physical performance. They look at the factors that influence movement and look for ways to improve both the performance and efficiency while lessening stress on the body.

Some kinesiologists may do things such as design sports equipment, manage sports facilities, conduct fitness and mobility programs, assess cardiac patients to determine what levels of exercise are best for them, work with athletes to improve their fitness and performance levels, or even coach or train amateur or professional athletes. They may also teach in schools, and often work closely with other health and sports professionals.

To become a kinesiologist, you must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, though statistics show that many who undertake this course of study have a master’s degree in physical education. The kinesiology program is usually four years, but may take five or more years to complete.

Most kinesiologists work in offices, laboratories, recreation facilities, hospitals, schools, and nursing homes, but may also be self-employed or employed by athletic equipment companies and sport governing bodies. Their income varies according to the capacity in which they are employed, but can range from $18,000 to $69,000 per year. The average salary is $35,000 per year. This occupation is expected to grow as more people focus on physical health and overall performance, especially as they look for ways to minimize stress on the body.

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