Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Yoga Instructor
  • Wellness Instructor
  • Water Aerobics Instructor
  • Teacher
  • Tai Chi Instructor
  • Swimming Teacher
  • Swimming Professor
  • Swimming Instructor
  • Swim Instructor
  • Sports, Nutrition, and Fitness Management Director
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What They Do

  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Prepare students to act as sports coaches.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department heads.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: E.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

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).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $60,200 with most people making between $31,760 and $103,240

Outlook

0.68%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,030 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,100 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 7 openings due to growth and about 23 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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