Health, Wellness & Human Performance
Explore careers that address societal and individual health, wellness, and performance.
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.
Strive to improve the lives of children and families by supporting effective early education, healthy interactions within families, and thriving family environments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teach K-12 physical education classes, work with administrators to implement school policies and procedures, and teach the national standards for physical education.
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.
Oversee recreational programs at parks, sports facilities, community centers, and other institutions. Recreation managers plan, organize, and direct recreation and leisure programs.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.