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Old 09-22-2003, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default anyone here have or know anyone who has a degree/masters in kinesiology?

im cumrrently looking into the program and wondering if anyone can comment on the career.

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Old 09-22-2003, 11:35 AM   #2
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:38 AM   #3
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go for chemical engineering. they make the most money straight out of college
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:41 AM   #4
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I got a Bachelors in Kinesiology at CSUN. They have one of the top programs (just ask them )

Not doing a damn thing with it. On my 3rd automotive related job in 4+years since graduating.

There is little room in the health/fitness industry for genuine knowledgeable people, the shysters seem to be making money hand over fist by praying on peoples insecurities.
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:46 AM   #5
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that sucks man. i guess ive been reading about all the 'pros' of this career and not the 'cons'. the way i was imagining this was that I would be working in some top-notch fitness facility training athletes/clients, working in some college, or something cool like that.



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I got a Bachelors in Kinesiology at CSUN. They have one of the top programs (just ask them )

Not doing a damn thing with it. On my 3rd automotive related job in 4+years since graduating.

There is little room in the health/fitness industry for genuine knowledgeable people, the shysters seem to be making money hand over fist by praying on peoples insecurities.
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:52 AM   #6
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that sucks man. i guess ive been reading about all the 'pros' of this career and not the 'cons'. the way i was imagining this was that I would be working in some top-notch fitness facility training athletes/clients, working in some college, or something cool like that.
Thing is, you dont need a degree to do that (except for the college gig) a six week course and some ambition will get you a job at ANY fitness facility.

And more important: Your body is your resume. If you want anything fitness related, you physique better look the business. Walk into any 24-hour fitness (I know, not top-level) the guy in the best shape looks like the know it all of the whole place. But after you listen to him explain how to use a piece of equipment
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:52 AM   #7
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the problem is that what i love cant support jack.

im thinking of a trade school like carpentry or masonry, cooking school, risking a large lump sum of money and trying a business, or returning to school for a masters in some field.

ive been trying to picture each career and what it would be like working/sacrificing for that job/business while supporting/raising a family. im turning 26 soon, getting married ~next yr, money in the bank, but i hate my job. i need to change the 8hrs a day rotting away into something else.

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Old 09-22-2003, 11:53 AM   #8
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whats the rest of your classmates doing with their degree? have you thought of going into occupational/physical therapy?

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Thing is, you dont need a degree to do that (except for the college gig) a six week course and some ambition will get you a job at ANY fitness facility.
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:56 AM   #9
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I have a kinesiology/applied Physiology degree from the University of Colorado. The program was great and I learned alot, it is more pre-med than pre-professional.

I took a internship doing Linux administration/parallel supercomputing and am now on my 3rd IT job. I haven't done much with my degree except for my own training and nutritition. In my experience to do anything cool in the kines. world you need at least a masters. At that point the market opens up and you have some options. Another thing to do is to get the undergrad and then do a specialized program such as Physical Therapy.

I am considering going back to school or getting a few certifications and then start working in the industry as the tech industry has me burned out (could be my horrible manager and crappola job too though). The problem is that the pay seems to be quite poor and to succeed one is required to constantly sell themselves, rather than letting their knowledge/results do the speaking. I think this is why it seems the shysters make the $, its because they have no qualms about selling themselves and/or advertising unachievable results.

What is your background, do you have a degree already, what do you want to do with the field?
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Old 09-22-2003, 11:58 AM   #10
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whats the rest of your classmates doing with their degree? have you thought of going into occupational/physical therapy?
Several stayed on for the Masters. (read: professional students)
Many are working in IT

made an edit above, more resentful commentary
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Old 09-22-2003, 12:50 PM   #11
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My wife got her Bachelors in Kinesiology from UC Davis.. She now has a Masters in Physical Therapy. There is a lot of work available right now for PTs.

Apparently a lot of the future job outlook has to do with what congress does with medicare caps for Phyisical therapy.

You could also go on to study sports health care. One of our friends has been a trainer for NFL europe, and is currently a trainer for Stanford. Unfortunately (for her) it's basically a male dominated field, so she's planning on studying to become a Physicians assistant.
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