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


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.

Jeremy Capo (2002, 2004)
Assistant Director of Athletics
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Pueblo, CO

I monitor the department’s compliance and eligibility; am responsible for athletic facilities; and manage home athletic events, all of which I thoroughly enjoy. Had it not been for my academic experiences, I would not have pursued a career in this field. I use the skills gained in the core classes to assist me with event planning, marketing, promotions and many other every day activities. I did internships in the FHSU Intramural and Athletics Departments. Both provided me with hands on knowledge of the field and allowed for personal and professional growth. My extracurricular activities included participating in Intramurals and officiating. Most importantly, the internships cemented my decision to pursue a career in the field. Every day was a new and exciting challenge, which provided different ways for me to use what I learned in the classroom in a practical situation. Had it not been for the leadership of the HPER department staff and faculty, I would not be where I am today! I am forever in debt and owe them a tremendous amount of gratitude!