Kinesiology & Exercise Science

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
30,750
growing 1.48%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,344
growing 3.9%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$30,924
growing 3.19%
Average Wage
$60,784
growing 1.87%
People in Workforce
716,781
growing 9.61%
Average Employee Age
35.7
growing 0.139%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Kinesiology & Exercise Science degree recipients are San Antonio, TX, Iowa City, IA, and Denton, TX. The locations with a relatively high number of Kinesiology & Exercise Science degree recipients are Chesterfield, MO, Pippa Passes, KY, and Seguin, TX. The most common degree awarded to students studying Kinesiology & Exercise Science is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Kinesiology & Exercise Science and the types of students that study this field. University of Iowa awards the most degrees in Kinesiology & Exercise Science in the US, but Jarvis Christian College and Huston-Tillotson University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Kinesiology & Exercise Science.

Tuition costs for Kinesiology & Exercise Science majors are, on average, $7,344 for in-state public colleges, and $30,924 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Kinesiology & Exercise Science programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (321 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (21,856 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Kinesiology & Exercise Science

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, is Public, 4-year or above (21,856 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,344
Median In-State Public
$30,924
Median Out of State Private

University of Iowa has the most Kinesiology & Exercise Science degree recipients, with 519 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Kinesiology & Exercise Science programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Jarvis Christian College and Huston-Tillotson University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, with 26.9% and 16.8%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Kinesiology & Exercise Science

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Kinesiology & Exercise Science by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors is $60,784 and the most common occupations are Physical therapists, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Other managers.

The industry that employs the most Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Hardware, & plumbing & heating equipment, & supplies merchant wholesalers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$60,784
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,740
1.87%
1 Year Growth
± 4.12%

The average salary for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors is $60,784 and the most common occupations are Physical therapists, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Other managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors, by number of employees, are Physical therapists, Elementary & middle school teachers, and Other managers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors working as Physical therapists, Recreational therapists, and Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors are Physicians, Dentists, and Surgeons.

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Occupations by Share

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716,781
2019 Workforce
± 20,737
9.61%
1 Year Growth
± 3.82%

The number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 9.61%, from 653,948 in 2018 to 716,781 in 2019.

The largest single share of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates go on to work as Physical therapists (5.29%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Kinesiology & Exercise Science is from the 2 Digit Course Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.
716,781
2019 Workforce
± 20,737
9.61%
1 Year Growth
± 3.82%

The number of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 9.61%, from 653,948 in 2018 to 716,781 in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Parks, Recreation, & Leisure graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Kinesiology & Exercise Science is from the 2 Digit Course Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Parks, Recreation, & Leisure majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure is 35.7, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (18,225 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Kinesiology & Exercise Science is from the 2 Digit Course Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.
35.7
Average Age in 2019
± 0.311 Years
0.139%
1 Year Change
± 1.27%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure. The most common ages of employees with this major are 26 and 28 years old, which represent 5.24% and 5.18% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Kinesiology & Exercise Science are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (55.3%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    18,225 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4,965 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    3,176 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Kinesiology & Exercise Science for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    9,234 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    6,486 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,961 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Kinesiology & Exercise Science. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Kinesiology & Exercise Science is from the 2 Digit Course Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    4,209 degree recipients
  2. Korea
    3,804 degree recipients
  3. Canada
    2,996 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. United Kingdom, not specified
    5.36 times more than expected
  2. England
    4.47 times more than expected
  3. Australia
    4.12 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in United Kingdom, not specified that hold Parks, Recreation, & Leisure degrees (5.36 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (4,209 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Kinesiology & Exercise Science field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kinesiology & Exercise Science majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Kinesiology & Exercise Science majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Installation, and Technology Design.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Kinesiology & Exercise Science majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Selection is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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