University of Vermont

CESS Physical Education Major

Physical Education

Alumni with degrees in Physical Education, part of the Teacher Education Program within the College of Education and Social Services, pursue a wide variety of career directly and indirectly related to their course of study. It is important to note that Physical Education majors must select a specific subject track, such as history, language arts, science, etc. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Physical Education (P.E.).

Job Title

Career Industry

Adaptive P.E. Specialist Elementary Education
Assistant Athletic Trainer Higher Education
Athletic Director High School Education
Clinical Assistant Professor Higher Education
Clinical Exercise Physiologist Medical Research
Director of Soccer Collegiate Sports
Fitness Center Coordinator Higher Education
Head Alpine Coach Ski and Snowboard
Physical Education Teacher Elementary Education
Police Officer City Government
Senior Account Director Lifestyle

Recent Employers

Kronos Longevity Research Institute
United States Government Yale University

Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Physical Education

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

Good judgment
Ability to make quick and effective decisions

Good physical activity demonstration skills
Gives clear directions
Good at motivating a team

Clear oral and visual communication skills
Speaks well to an audience
Sparks discussions

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Knowledge of proper nutrition
Understands the biomechanical principles behind physical movement
Evaluates athletic programs

Creates lesson plans that teach motor activity control, fitness, sports, games, aquatics, and dance
Designs activities that are age and ability appropriate

Organizes materials, information, and records
Ability to integrate educational technology into the classroom

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Works collaboratively and cooperatively with students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors to improve the learning community and the community at large

Understands how individual development, cultural diversity, socioeconomic conditions, and individual difference influence  opportunities and contribute to full potential

Understands the mechanics of the human body
Good hand-eye coordination
Commitment to physical health
Interest in physical activities

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