Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1193.00

Description:

Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
22,100 employed

Projected (2024):
24,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Physical Education Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor of Fitness and Wellness
  • Aquatic Director
  • Aquatic Instructor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
  • Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education
  • Assistant Professor of Physical Education
  • Assistant Professor of Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Assistant Professor of Recreation Leadership
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Health and Exercise Science
  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology
  • Athletic Director
  • Athletic Instructor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Training Education Program Director
  • Body Recall Instructor
  • Clinical Education for Athletic Training Coordinator
  • Coach
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Professor
  • Exercise Physiology Professor
  • Exercise Science Instructor
  • Exercise Teacher
  • Faculty Member
  • Fitness and Wellness Instructor
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Fitness Management Director
  • Fitness Studies Teacher
  • Golf Instructor
  • Group Fitness Department Head
  • Gymnasium Teacher
  • Gymnastic Teacher
  • Health and Fitness Instructor
  • Health and Human Performance Professor
  • Health and Physical Education Professor (HPE Professor)
  • Health and Wellness Instructor
  • Health Professor
  • Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department Head
  • Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Professor (HPER Professor)
  • Human Performance Professor
  • Instructor
  • Intramural Director
  • Kinesiology Professor
  • Leisure Studies Professor
  • Outdoor Studies Director
  • Outdoor Studies Professor
  • Physical Education Department Chair (PE Department Chair)
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Physical Education Professor (PE Professor)
  • Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
  • Physical Fitness Teacher
  • Professor
  • Professor of Exercise Science
  • Professor of Health and Human Performance
  • Professor of Physical Education
  • Recreation Professor
  • Recreation Teacher
  • Recreational Programs Director
  • Scuba Instructor
  • Skiing Teacher
  • Sport and Recreation Management Professor
  • Sports Leadership Instructor
  • Sports Management Professor
  • Sports Teacher
  • Sports, Nutrition, and Fitness Management Director
  • Swim Instructor
  • Swimming Instructor
  • Swimming Professor
  • Swimming Teacher
  • Tai Chi Instructor
  • Teacher
  • Water Aerobics Instructor
  • Wellness Instructor
  • Yoga Instructor


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as anatomy, therapeutic recreation, and conditioning theory.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department heads.
  • Prepare students to act as sports coaches.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Badminton rackets
  • Balance beams
  • Baseballs
  • Basketball hoops
  • Basketballs
  • Bowling sets
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computer projectors
  • Conference telephones
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Exercise bands
  • Exercise treadmills
  • Exercise tubing
  • Fitness jump ropes
  • Footballs
  • Free weights
  • Golf balls
  • Golf clubs
  • Golf tees
  • Handheld microphones
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Lower body weight machines
  • Medicine balls
  • Metal baseball bats
  • Microphone podiums
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Opaque projectors
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Pilates training equipment
  • Portable stereo equipment
  • Poster printers
  • Projector screens
  • Soccer balls
  • Soccer goals
  • Stationary exercise bicycles
  • Step aerobics equipment
  • Student response systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Tennis balls
  • Tennis nets
  • Tennis rackets
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Upper body weight machines
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Volleyballs
  • Webcams
  • Wireless microphones
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Course management system software
  • Dartfish software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • Google Docs
  • Image scanning software
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Sakai CLE
  • Softworks Global PESoftOne
  • Student record software
  • Web browser software


  • education training and library


    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000