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Careers

Laurier's Career Centre can help you build a resumé, coach you on interview skills and more.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Graduates of our program can be found working as occupational and physical therapists, teaching in schools throughout the province, practicing as physicians, chiropractors and massage therapists, following careers in sports administration, personal fitness training or law enforcement, or building businesses for themselves.

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • activities/athletics director
  • biomechanical engineer
  • coach/assistant
  • coach
  • exercise physiologist
  • fitness club manager
  • fitness/athletic trainer
  • kinesiologist
  • massage therapist
  • nutritionist/dietitian
  • occupational therapist/assistant
  • orthotics/prosthetics designer
  • physical education teacher
  • physical therapist/assistant
  • recreational therapist
  • seniors program coordinator
  • special needs consultant
  • sports administrator
  • sports marketing
  • sports writer/photographer
  • student life coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • city recreation programs
  • educational institutions
  • facilities/stadiums/arenas
  • government sport organizations
  • hospitals/rehabilitation clinics
  • marketing companies
  • media organizations
  • minor sports organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • professional sports organizations
  • recreation facilities
  • resorts/hotels
  • seniors communities
  • sports medicine clinics
  • wellness centres/health clubs

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • exercise therapist
  • health measures specialist
  • kinesiologist
  • physiotherapy assistant
  • strengthening and conditioning coach

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Fitness Science, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology.
  • College program: Paramedicine, Therapeutic Recreation, Sports Business Management, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education, Nursing, Nutrition, Athletic Therapy.
  • Doctor: Chiropractic, Medicine.
  • Other: Osteopathy.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • assistant director of performance
  • athletic therapist
  • executive director, business operations
  • manager, post-rehabilitation programs
  • physiotherapist
  • teacher

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Develop and implement programs designed to maximize physical and mental health, and wellness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories of health and fitness, human anatomy and trends in Kinesiology.
  • Understand physical risk assessment, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Display knowledge of human biomechanics and strategies for maximizing physical potential.
  • Evaluate and modify activities, equipment and environment to ensure optimal usage.
  • Identify, develop and implement leisure and recreational activities to enhance quality of life.
  • Examine issues through multiple lenses and integrated perspectives.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Organize, plan and administer activities, programs, groups and events.
  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing, to various audiences.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Assess the physical, leisure and recreational needs of communities and individuals, make recommendations and develop individual and community plans for improvement.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Contact Us:

Connie Palenik, Senior Administrative Assistant

E: cpalenik@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4156
Office Location: BA501, Bricker Academic Building, Waterloo Campus

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 pm

Stephen Wenn, Undergraduate Advisor

E: swenn@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4160
Office Location: BA517, Bricker Academic Building

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 pm and Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 pm

Mark Eys, Graduate Coordinator

E: meys@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4157
Office Location: BA526

Office Hours:

By appointment.