Kinesiology is a profession derived in part from chiropractic and Chinese acupuncture. It is a healing profession that focuses on body movement. Kinesiologists sometimes called “exercise kinesiologists” or “movement specialists” have a detailed understanding of the human anatomy and are experts in body mechanics. They often work with other physiotherapists to help rehabilitate patients that have suffered from bone fractures or other physical injuries or are recovering from surgery and need a post-operative program to help them return to as high a level of functioning as possible. Kinesiologists also develop individualized exercise regimens that use the principles of ergonomics to treat ailments such as knee pain and back pain. However some work as personal trainers for individuals who want to maintain or improve their physical fitness and health whereas others consult with corporations to insure that the workplace is ergonomically correct. Kinesiologists are employed in hospitals healthcare centers corporate offices spas resorts and health clubs and some work for athletic teams. To become a kinesiologist individuals need at least a bachelor’s degree with a major or concentration in kinesiology but having a master’s degree in kinesiology is preferable. They must be licensed in the state where they practice and some obtain national certification by passing the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Employment possibilities for kinesiologists should be on the increase because of the demand from both the healthcare and fitness industries. The salaries kinesiologists earn depend heavily on their work experience the location of the job and their specialties. According to the website entry-level kinesiologists earn between $28000 and $32000 annually. However with experience they can earn up to $70000 a year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $49000
High Salary: $70000
Low Salary: $28000
Tasks: Focuses on the study of body movements.
Works closely with athletic trainers.
Helps patients with rehabilitation after injuries.
Creates treatment and exercise plans for patients.
Also Called: Chiropractor
Physical Therapist
Personal Trainer
Ergonomic Expert
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