Careers

Ready to glimpse your future career? Our in-depth, innovative program has prepared students for careers throughout the state, across the nation, and around the world. Some of our graduates have gone on to prestigious placements with the Orange Bowl, the Denver Broncos, and the Cooper Institute of Texas, but most of our graduates make a difference in their communities through high school athletics, recreation, and wellness programs. With the skills you learn at FHSU, you won’t have to look outside your field to find a job.

HHP graduates become:

  • Recreation Specialists
  • Physical Education Teachers and Coaches
  • Personal Trainers
  • Health Club Managers
  • Wellness Specialists
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Health Educators

Athletic Training graduates work with:

  • Professional Athletic Teams
  • High School, College and University Athletic Programs
  • Outreach Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Orthopedic Physicians as Physician Extenders
  • The Performing Arts
  • The Military
  • Public Service (Police, Fire and EMS)
  • NASCAR

Many graduates also choose to continue their education by pursuing a Masters degree.

For more information about careers for Health and Human Performance and Athletic Training majors, visit the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center’s Web site or contact us to speak with a faculty advisor. The world is at your fingertips. Are you ready?

FHSU Health and Human Performance Graduates - out in the world


Katherine Rhodes (2006)
Personal Trainer, Fitness Director
Larry North Fitness
Dallas, TX

I have always had a strong passion for both fitness and how the body adapts to exercise. I was fortunate to become employed by Larry North Fitness – one of the top training facilities in Dallas – and began training shortly after graduation in May of 2006. Half a year after starting, I was promoted to assistant fitness director and, a year later, fitness director. As a health and human performance major, I was involved with Special Olympics, ARC, various intramural events and FHSU varsity athletics. I was also active in Phi Kappa Epsilon. Additionally, I spent a summer participating in an internship with the Cooper Aerobics Center. It opened my eyes to the variety of careers available in the fitness industry beyond physical education teachers and coaches. These experiences gave me a set of skills suited for my future career. FHSU provided me with valuable work experience and knowledge to take into my career as a fitness director.

Linnie Irvin (1981, 1991)
Middle School Computer Teacher; HS Activities Director & Head Football Coach
Hoisington USD 43
Hoisington, KS

I am teaching 7th & 8th graders computers skills and technology. I work afternoons at the High School as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. I went to Fort Hays to be a teacher and that is the career that I am in. Fort Hays did a great job of preparing me to be a teacher and I am very grateful for their professional training I received. At FHSU, I participated in Intramurals.