Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 74.16% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 20.8% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

    Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

    Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

    Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

    Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as anatomy, therapeutic recreation, and conditioning theory.

    Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department heads.

    Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

    Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

    Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

    Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

    Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

    Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

    Participate in campus and community events.

    Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

    Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

    Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

    Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

    Act as advisers to student organizations.

    Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

    Prepare students to act as sports coaches.

    Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

    Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

    Coach athletic teams.

    Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.


Wireless microphones



Videoconferencing equipment

Upper body weight machines

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Tennis rackets

All Tools

Tennis nets

Tennis balls

Television monitors

Tablet computers

Student response systems

Step aerobics equipment

Stationary exercise bicycles

Soccer goals

Soccer balls

Projector screens

Poster printers

Portable stereo equipment

Pilates training equipment

Photocopying equipment

Overhead data projectors

Opaque projectors

Multimedia projection equipment

Multi-line telephone systems

MP3 digital voice recorders

Microphone podiums

Metal baseball bats

Medicine balls

Lower body weight machines

Liquid crystal display LCD televisions

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboard controllers

Handheld microphones

Golf tees

Golf clubs

Golf balls

Free weights


Fitness jump ropes

Exercise tubing

Exercise treadmills

Exercise bands

Elliptical trainers

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Digital calculators

Desktop computers

Conference telephones

Computer projectors

Computer laser printers

Computer data input scanners

Compact disk CD players

Compact digital cameras

Bowling sets


Basketball hoops


Balance beams

Badminton rackets


Data entry software

Google Docs

Blackboard Learn

Calendar and scheduling software

Collaborative editing software

Course management system software


All Technologies



Email software

Image scanning software

iParadigms Turnitin

Learning management system LMS

Sakai CLE

Softworks Global PESoftOne

Student record software


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

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