Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruising and Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.

Occupations related to this program

Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness

  • Certified personal trainer
  • Fitness appraiser
  • Recreation program leader
  • Recreation technician
  • Sports instructor

Recreation, sports and fitness policy researches, consultants and program officers

  • Employee fitness consultant
  • Fitness analyst
  • Geriatric recreational and leisure activities co-ordinator
  • Policy analyst, recreation, sports or fitness
  • Recreologist
  • Sports and leisure counsellor

Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

  • Fitness center manager
  • Leisure and sports director
  • Recreation center director
  • Sports program administrative co-ordinator


  • Athletics coach
  • Head coach
  • Professional team coach


  • Physiotherapists
  • Research physiotherapist

Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment

  • Athletic trainer
  • Biokineticist
  • Registered kinesiologist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Kinanthropologist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Movement analyst medical
  • Movement therapist
  • Registered kinesiologist

Occupational therapists

  • Clinical occupational therapist
  • Therapist

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Discussion group leader post-secondary teaching assistance
  • Laboratory assistant, university
  • Laboratory supervisor post-secondary teaching assistant
  • Post-secondary research assistant
  • Post-secondary teaching assistant
  • Tutor post-secondary teaching assistant


  • Clinical psychologist
  • Psychological associate
  • Sport psychologist


  • Chiropractor
  • Chiropractic doctor

Other professional occupations in diagnosing and treating

  • Naturopath
  • Chiropodist
  • Orthoptist
  • Osteopath
  • Podiatrist

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students program of studies. 

  • Community Mental Health
  • Health Canada
  • Montfort Hospital
  • Professional Physiotherapy Centres
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation
  • Sport Research Intelligence Sportive - SIRC
  • Calian
  • Centric Health
  • Community Mental Health
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit - EOHU
  • Equitable Life of Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Human Kinetics
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • NRCS
  • Public Health Ontario
  • BSN medical
  • Health Canada
  • Jewish General Hospital 
  • Montreal Children's Hospital
  • Montreal General Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Hospital Center
  • Alberta Health Services
  • BC Patient Transfer Network
  • Fraser Health
  • IWK Health Centre
  • Saskatoon Health Region
  • Sport Manitoba
  • Yarmouth Regional Hospital
  • YWCA Calgary

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

  • Aboriginal Human Resource Council - AHRC
  • Association of Canadian Ergonomists
  • Association of Local Public Health Agencies - ALPHA
  • Association of Ontario Health Centres - AOHC
  • Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation - CACR
  • Canadian Association of Specialized Kinesiology
  • Canadian Athletic Therapist Association
  • Canadian Bioethics Society
  • Canadian Fitness Professionals - Canfitpro
  • Canadian Kinesiology Alliance
  • Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • Canadian Physiological Society
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
  • Certified Professional  Trainers Network - CPTN
  • Coaching Association of Canada
  • Fédération des kinésiologues du Québec - FKQ
  • Health Sciences Association of Alberta - HSAA
  • Health Sciences Association of British Columbia - HSABC
  • Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan - HSAS
  • Manitoba Fitness Council
  • Ontario Kinesiology Association
  • Ontario Physiotherapy Association 
  • Physical and Health Education Canada
  • Sport Information Resource Centre - SIRC
  • Sport Physiotherapy Canada
  • American Institute for Cancer Research - AICR
  • American Kinesiology Association 
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Health System
  • Ergoweb
  • IDEA Health and Fitness Association
  • International Association of Specialized Kinesiologists
  • International College of Applied Kinesiologists
  • International Health Economics Association - IHEA
  • The Kinesiology Network
  • World Anti-Doping Agency
  • World Health Organization