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Career Opportunities

Graduates from the graduate programs in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation go into a wide range of different careers and fields. Examples are listed below, sorted by program.

Athletic Training

  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, Cardinal Stritch University
  • Athletic Trainer, Orthopedic and Sports Enhancement Center


  • Ergonomist, Caterpillar Corp
  • Head Coach, Track and Field, University of Wisconsin system

Exercise Physiology

  • Wellness Director, Illinois State University
  • Fitness Manager, Lifetime Fitness
  • Personal Training Manager, Gold’s Gym
  • Group Exercise Instructor, Lifetime Fitness
  • PHD student/ doctoral graduate assistant, Arizona State University
  • Exercise Physiology Lab Coordinator, Arizona State University
  • Tenure-Track Academic Position, Illinois State University
  • Personal Trainer, 4 Seasons Fitness Club
  • Sport Training Specialist, Sports Enhancement Center
  • Boot Camp Owner, Adventure Boot Camp, Dallas Texas
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach, Bradley University
  • Coach, Illinois Wesleyan University

Physical Education Teacher Education

  • K-12 public or private school physical education teacher
  • Coaching interscholastic athletics
  • Physical education department chair (secondary level)
  • Athletic director (secondary level)

Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity

  • Director, Gamma Phi Circus
  • Head Coach, ISU Golf
  • Owner and Founder, Path Performance, Inc

Recreation Administration

  • District Director at Blackhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Program Manager, Lombard Park District
  • Catering Sales Manager at Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center
  • Director of Campus Recreation, Illinois State University
  • RPA Faculty, Illinois State University
  • Assistant Professor, Penn State University
  • Program Director, International College for Sustainability Studies (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Lecturer at International College for Sustainability Studies (SWUIC)
  • Assistant Director - Aquatics/Adaptive Recreation University of Illinois Campus Recreation
  • Program Coordinator, Normal Parks & Recreation Department
  • Doctoral Student, Clemson University
  • Campus Recreation, Tulane University
  • Rigger, Cirque du Soleil

Sport Management:

Academic Study Centers

  • Associate Director Academic and Career Counseling, University of Kansas Athletics
  • Academic Coordinator, Saint Louis University Athletics
  • Assistant Academic Advisor, UW-Milwaukee Athletics  
  • Student-Athlete Academic Coordinator, Detroit Mercy Athletics
  • Academic Coordinator, Illinois State Athletics


  • Assistant Director of Marketing, Arizona State University
  • Director of Communications and Marketing, Old Hat Creative Sport Marketing Agency
  • Director of Marketing, Illinois State University
  • Marketing Coordinator, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Marketing Coordinator for Athletics, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Sports Marketing Manager, Nike (Brazil)
  • Sports Marketing Manager, Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau

Development and Fundraising

  • Advancement Officer for Athletics, Marian University
  • Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving, Utah State University
  • Assistant Athletic Director for Development, Illinois State University
  • Assistant Director of Athletics: Development, Benedictine University
  • Assistant Director of Development, University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Director of Development: Annual Giving, University of Minnesota


  • Assistant Baseball Coach, Illinois State University
  • Assistant Football Coach, Penn State University
  • Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Dartmouth
  • Assistant Softball Coach, Illinois State University
  • Director of Women’s Basketball Operations, Missouri
  • Head Cross Country Coach, University of La Verne
  • Head Volleyball Coach, Loyola University (New Orleans)


  • Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Bradley University
  • Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, University of South Florida
  • Compliance Extern, Indiana University

Ticket Ops

  • Director of Ticket Operations, University of Arkansas

Ticket Sales

  • Account Executive, Orlando Magic
  • Assistant Director of Development and Sales, Illinois State University
  • Director of Ticket Sales, Peoria Chiefs
  • Sales and Marketing Assistant, Nashville Sounds

Sponsorship Sales

  • Assistant Director of Corporate Partnerships, Illinois State University
  • General Manager, Windy City Thunderbolts
  • Vice President & General Manager, IMG Bearcat Properties

Media Relations

  • Assistant Sports Information Director, University of Evansville
  • Associate Sports Information Director, University of Louisville
  • Athletics Web Designer, University of Kansas
  • Manager of Creative Services, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Public Relations Manager, Bellator MMA

Facility/Event Management

  • Area Director, Special Olympics Illinois
  • Assistant Executive Director, Illinois High School Association
  • Event Coordinator, Quail Meadows Golf Course
  • Event Operations Associate, Elite Tournaments
  • League Director and Facility Manager, Lenz Field and Sports Complex
  • Race and Sponsorship Director, Red Frog Events
  • Vice President Event Marketing, Meadowlands Sports Complex
  • Head Equipment Manager, Liberty University


  • Co-Founder, EON Reality Sports
  • Co-Founder, Childress Sports Consulting
  • Owner, Warbird Academy


  • Assistant Professor Sport Management, Eastern Illinois
  • Assistant Professor Sport Management, Mississippi State
  • Associate Professor Sport Management, Loras College

KNR Graduate Program Contact

Dr. Noelle Selkow, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Phone: (309) 438-1875

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Campus Box 5120
250 McCormick Hall
Normal, Il 61790-5120
Phone: (309) 438-8661
Fax: (309) 438-5559

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