The majority of kinesiologists work in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other kinesiologists work in public and private hospitals, sports medicine facilities, and rehabilitation facilities. Learning disability centers, grammar schools and high schools, colleges and universities, and health clubs also employ kinesiologists. Other kinesiologists work in private practice or as exercise consultants. Kinesiologists can also find employment with sports teams, or they may write for or edit sports, rehabilitative, and other medical journals. Many kinesiologists also teach in the field or do research.
Most colleges and universities offer job placement assistance for their alumni. Therapists also may apply at health facilities that have kinesiotherapy programs, including private and state hospitals, Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, clinics, health clubs, chiropractic clinics, and rehabilitation centers. Many kinesiologists find employment by networking with other professionals in the field. Many professional organizations and associations, such as the American Kinesiotherapy Association, maintain listings of positions open in various locations at their Web sites.
Beginning kinesiologists may gain paid employment with a facility if they start out doing volunteer work. Some organizations prefer to hire therapists with some work experience, and volunteer work gives the new kinesiotherapist a great opportunity to learn more about the field and a particular organization.
Kinesiologists usually start as staff therapists at hospitals, clinics, or other health care facilities. After several years, they may become supervisors or department heads. Some move on to do consulting work for health care facilities. Some kinesiologists use their practical experience to do more research in the field, or they may teach at a kinesiology program. They may write for field newsletters or journals, reporting on their progress in rehabilitating a particular patient or in treating a specific disability. With advanced training, experienced kinesiologists may go on to more senior positions at health care centers, clinics, colleges, and related facilities.
Tips for Entry
Visit https://akta.org/employment-opportunities/job-openings for job opportunities.
Join the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKA) to access networking opportunities and obtain discounts on continuing education classes and conference registrations.
Read Clinical Kinesiology (http://www.clinicalkinesiology.net) and MOBILITY (http://akta.org/membership) to stay up to date on developments in the field.
The AKA offers a mentorship program for new kinesiologists to help them develop their professional skills. Visit http://akta.org/?s=registered+kinesiotherapist for more information.