Kinesiologists


Overview

Kinesiologists

Introduction

Kinesiologists, also known as kinesiotherapists, are health care workers who plan and conduct exercise programs to help their clients develop or maintain endurance, strength, mobility, and coordination. Many of their clients have disabilities. They also work with people who are recovering from injuries or illnesses and need help to keep their muscle tone during long periods of inactivity. According to the American Kinesiotherapy Association, kinesiologists provide such services as therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, ...

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Median Salary

$60,000

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internships, part-time experience highly recommended


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Skills

Coaching/Physical Training


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Personality Traits

Helpful

Earnings

In January 2020, the American Kinesiotherapy Association reported that starting annual salaries for kinesiologists typically ranged from $36,000 to $47,000. While annual salaries for all registered kinesiotherapists averaged $60,000, those at the upper end of the payscale earned anywhere from $70,000 to $90,000. In 2020, ExploreHealthCareers.org estimated that kinesiologists earned average annu...

Work Environment

Kinesiologists who are employed in hospitals and clinics usually work a typical 40-hour workweek, with hours somewhere between 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Some may work evenings and weekends instead in order to accommodate their clients' schedules. Because of the long-range, rehabilitative nature of the work, most kinesiologists work a set sched...

Outlook

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, much faster than average job growth is projected for all other therapists (a category that includes kinesiologists) through 2028, with approximately 2,200 new job openings expected. Additionally, in early 2020 ExploreHealthCareers.org reported that the job outlook for kinesiotherapists was very good.

The demand for their services will grow be...

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