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Health, Wellness & Human Performance

Explore careers that address societal and individual health, wellness, and performance.

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Athletic Training 

Athletic trainers (ATs) work in collaboration with a physician as a part of the health care team for physically active individuals. Some of the services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, and wellness.

Preschool teacher with children

Child & Family Development

Strive to improve the lives of children and families by supporting effective early education, healthy interactions within families, and thriving family environments. 

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Community Health Education

Help increase access to health services and education. Community health workers conduct research and educate people in their community to prevent health issues and promote wellness.

Dietician consulting her client

Dietetics & Nutrition

Help maintain and improve the health of individuals and groups. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and other nutrition professionals promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent and treat nutrition-related diseases.

Exercise scientist evaluating patient

Exercise Science 

Create exercise programs that improve people's health. Exercise science professionals work in physiology, biomechanics, and motor control/learning. They help improve cardiovascular function and overall human performance. 

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Family Life Education

Improve the quality of life for children, adults, couples, and families. Family life educators empower family members by providing educational, preventative, and enrichment services in the community.  

Fitness trainer working with client

Fitness

Help people achieve their fitness goals. Fitness professionals evaluate people’s overall health and create customized exercise programs that increase their physical performance, strength, endurance, and flexibility.

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Food Science

Use chemistry and the application of other scientific knowledge to understand food. Food scientists analyze the nutritional value of food, uncover new food sources, and make sure food is safe for consumption.  

Gerontologist working with elderly patient

Gerontology

Help older adults lead healthier and happier lives. The rapidly growing field of gerontology is dedicated to helping older adults navigate physical, mental, emotional, and social changes that may accompany aging. 

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Health Care Administration

Help manage the business side of health care. Health care administrators create and implement policies and procedures, supervise staff, manage finances, and maintain records to improve healthcare services. 

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Nursing 

provide and coordinate patient health care. Nurses help prevent illnesses, administer medicine, educate patients and their families about health conditions, and provide much-needed emotional support. 

Physical education teacher leading class

Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education

Teach K-12 physical education classes, work with administrators to implement school policies and procedures, and teach the national standards for physical education. 

Physical therapist working with senior client

Physical Therapy 

Help people with injuries and health conditions improve their movement and reduce pain. Physical therapists are highly-educated, healthcare professionals who diagnose, treat and prevent mobility problems. 

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Recreation Management

Oversee recreational programs at parks, sports facilities, community centers, and other institutions. Recreation managers plan, organize, and direct recreation and leisure programs. 

Recreational therapist leading art activity

Recreational Therapy 

Help improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being through recreational activities. Recreation Therapists plan, coordinate, and direct recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or other health concerns.

School health teacher leading class

School Health Education

Teach health science in California middle and high schools. School health educators teach young people health and wellness strategies so that they can make healthy choices, and prevent illnesses, obesity, and addiction. 

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Social Work 

Enhance the well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities. Social workers provide meaningful service to the community as practitioners, leaders, and social justice advocates.

Speech-language pathologist working with child

Speech-Language Pathology 

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults (American Speech-language-Hearing Association). 

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Sports Industry

Teach athletes the skills they need to succeed. Athletic leaders, coaches, and sports psychologists use their knowledge of sports and how the body and mind work to improve athletic performance.