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


Travis Esslinger (2003, 2005)
Teaching Assistant
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

Quite possibly the best six years of my life! The HHP Department at FHSU provides excellent teachers who truly care about the progress and development of their students. The experiences and friendships built through this program will last a lifetime. I am currently developing curriculum and teaching various activity classes and PE related courses at the University of Arkansas. The diverse opportunities I experienced at FHSU have helped me become more knowledgeable in the various fields of kinesiology and as a result my understanding and teaching has vastly improved. While at FHSU I completed an internship as an Exercise Specialist at the Center for Health Improvement, was active in PEK and track and field, and worked as a part-time stroke clinic aid, a water aerobics instructor and a personal wellness GA.

Chris Helm (1998)
Program and Facility Supervisor - Lone Tree Recreation Center
South Suburban Parks & Recreation District
Denver, CO

I manage the Lone Tree Recreation Center and its programs. In addition to the Center I oversee the seasonal operations of our Cook Creek Outdoor Pool. My experiences at FHSU taught me a great deal about the Sports and Recreation industry. I was able to apply the academic teachings and transition them in to practical situations with such areas as budget management, leisure programming and adaptive recreation, to name a few. My internship was in Resort Recreation at Hilton Head, S.C., where I was in charge leisure programming for a time-share resort. I was involved with the Intramural Club at FHSU and was Treasurer for Phi Epsilon Kappa, business fraternity for Physical Education. In addition, I was a member of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the Kansas Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD). My internship taught me independence in a work environment and helped me to develop key public speaking skills. Through Intramurals, I learned to work with a committee, which is essential in my job. PEK taught me financial management and collaboration skills.