Department of Kinesiology

Potential Careers in Exercise Physiology

Due to the breadth of coursework and hands-on, experiential learning, the Exercise Physiology program prepares students for a wide range of potential careers.

weight training

Human Performance

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength & conditioning
  • Employee Fitness Director
  • Personal training
  • Sports coaching
  • Group Exercise Instructor

Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine

  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Corporate fitness
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • EKG Technician
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Medical sales

KINE graduate

Advanced Studies Preparation

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Physician (DO, MD)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Chiropractic care
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduate school (MS, PhD)

Alumni Spotlight

Connect with KINE as you move through your career. Email and let us know about your accomplishments!

alumni joe

A Career in Physical Therapy

“What I will take from Chico State and apply to not only myself, but my career in the future, is being able to talk and get to know people. I think it will be a very important part of what I do in the future. All the activities we’ve had in class and the welcoming environment all over campus has really helped to shape myself as a person.

I will be going to physical therapy school after graduation. Once I graduate from there in the next three years, I hope to work in that field, either at a hospital or possibly even opening my own clinic in the future. These are opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible without going to Chico State and without all the help I’ve had here.

Dr. Thomas Fahey has definitely served as a mentor to me, helping me in terms of getting into school and advocating for myself. The faculty genuinely want you to succeed and if they see that you want to be successful, they will give you every opportunity to do so.”

— Exercise Physiology Alumni, Joe Abdulmasih

alumni Christine

Alumna Bikes Across America To Raise Funds For K–12 Physical Education

Until the pandemic, Christine Wilhoyte had never pedaled more than a few recreational miles at a time. Today, she’s more than 2,600 miles into a 4,700-mile journey across the United States, conquering mountains and flying through valleys to raise funds for physical education in rural and underfunded schools.

“Everything I did at Chico State helped prepare me for this,” she said. “Particularly having to solve problems and interact with a lot of different people. It’s really heartwarming to see my professors commenting on my posts and saying they are proud of me. I’m like, ‘Keep going, get up this hill for so-and-so.’”

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