Career Paths

A Health and Human Performance degree from Plymouth State prepares students for a wide variety of career options in each profession. The department offers five different majors:

  • Adventure Education will teach you how to use the great outdoors to expose children, adults and at-risk populations to challenging adventures, personal growth and self-discovery. Graduates pursue careers in outdoor/adventure leadership, Outdoor/Adventure Education, state and national park education programs, wilderness therapy, therapeutic adventure, environmental education and outdoor recreation.
  • Athletic Training prepares you to pursue a career in athletic training where you will prevent, care for, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate injuries that happen within the active population.
  • Exercise and Sport Physiology prepares you for careers in the fitness industry, strength and conditioning field, human performance laboratory research, clinical exercise physiology, and others, such as the pharmaceutical industry. The degree prepares you for future graduate studies in Exercise Science and is designed to allow you the flexibility to complete prerequisites that may be required for professional post-baccalaureate programs such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Chiropractic, etc.
  • Health Education prepares you to work in a variety of educational, community and medical settings, including public and private schools, hospitals, managed care organizations, insurance companies, volunteer agencies and public and private work sites.
  • Physical Education offers three options: Physical Education K–12 Teacher Certification, Physical Education and Health Education K–12 Teacher Certification, and Applied Health Fitness.  Each major focuses on the study of human movement using scientific and social foundations. Graduates of the Physical Education major go on to work in public and private schools, the fitness industry, allied health clinics, recreation, and athletic programs.

For more information, visit Career Services.

Sample Job Titles

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Coach
  • Dietician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Strength and Training Specialist

See the U.S. Department of Labor Outlook for a complete list.

Useful Skills for Jobs in the Health and Human Performance Field

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to motivate people and interact successfully with many different personalities
  • Strong understanding of natural sciences, such as biology and physics
  • Ability to record, organize, and store information