What Can I Do With a Major In Physical Education?

Henderson State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Health and Physical Education

Marketable Skills

  • Analytical Skills
  • Athletically Inclination
  • Coaching skills  
  • Collaboration
  • Computer-based Skills
  • Demonstration Skills (physical activities)
  • Discussion Skills (i.e. human sexuality)     
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
  • Human Relations
  • Instructional Skills
  • Interest in Health Issues
  • Interest in Physical Activities
  • Knowledge in the Human Body Mechanics
  • Knowledge of Health and Wellness
  • Knowledge of Motor Skills Learning
  • Knowledge of Proper Nutrition
  • Leadership and Planning
  • Managerial Skills
  • Motivational Skills          
  • Motor Skills       
  • Organization
  • Patience
  • Program Design and Implementation
  • Sports Injuries - Care and Prevention
  • Teaching
  • Verbal Communication
  • Written Communication

Related Career Titles (some require additional education or training)

  • Activities Director            
  • Adventurer/Risk Trainer
  • Agency Recreation Leader
  • Aquatic Management     
  • Athletic Coach   
  • Athletic Director              
  • Athletic Trainer                
  • Camp Director   
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation    
  • Cardiovascular Fitness Instructor
  • Coach
  • Commercial Recreation 
  • Community Based Fitness
  • Community Recreation  
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Correction Facilities Instructor
  • Country Club Manger     
  • Cruise Recreation Director           
  • Dance Therapist
  • Dance-/Aerobics Instructor          
  • Dietitian              
  • Early Childhood Motor Skills Instructor
  • Emergency Medical Technician   
  • Entrepreneur
  • Equipment Manager
  • Exercise Physiologist      
  • Health/Fitness Consultant
  • Hospital Wellness
  • Industrial Fitness
  • Intramural Director
  • Kinesiotherapists
  • Nutrition Specialist          
  • Occupational Exercise    
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant  
  • Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Park Manager    
  • PE/Sport/Research Instructor      
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Prison Recreation Specialist
  • Professional Athlete
  • Professional Sports Scout
  • Professional Sports Umpire
  • Protective Service Worker
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sales
  • Social Director
  • SPA/Health Club Manager            
  • Sporting Good Salesperson
  • Sports Agent      
  • Sports Clothing Designer
  • Sports Instructors
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Official
  • Sports Promoter
  • Sports Psychologist         
  • Sports-Fitness Nutritionist
  • Strength-Conditioning Coach
  • Swimming Pool Manager
  • Teacher, Physical Education and Health
  • Weight-control Counselor
  • Youth Sports Coach

Potential Employers

  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Camps
  • College/University Instructor
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Commerce & Industry
  • Community Centers and Public Gyms
  • Community Organizations
  • Competitive Sports programs
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Schools
  • Fitness Centers
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Gyms
  • Health Spas and Resorts
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Rehabilitation Programs
  • Resorts
  • Retirement Communities
  • YMCA's

Strategies for Success 

  • Requirements for certification/licensure vary by state. Multiple certifications will increase employability. A master’s degree will increase earning potential.
  • Be willing to work hard at finding a job and to go where the jobs are.
  • Obtain part-time, summer, internship, or volunteer experience with the age group you intend to work with in various settings: pre-schools, daycares, camps, community agencies, adult centers, YMCA’s, etc.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities and related organizations to broaden skills, interests, and opportunities.
  • Identify transferable skills learned in teaching that are applicable to other careers: written and verbal communication, teaching and instruction, program planning, organization and record keeping, working under pressure and meeting deadlines, motivational skills, creativity, working autonomously, decision-making, problem solving.

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook:  Physical Education

Arkansas Department of Education

Careers in the Camp Community

PE Central

Human Kinetics' Coach Education Center

Professional Associations

Society of Health and Physical Educators

Inclusive Fitness Coalition

Arkansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

National Athletic Trainers Association

American College of Sports Medicine

American School Health Association

American Kinesiology Association 

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity 

National Strength and Conditioning Association

American Public Health Association

American Council on Exercise