Strength and Conditioning - FAQ's
The Strength and Conditioning Degree will prepare students to seek employment in a variety of settings while following the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s guidelines for certification in the following areas: Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Special Populations Certification.
What skills do I need to succeed?
- Exceptional motivational attributes
- Behaviors consistent with professional expectations
- Attention to detail
- Strong organizational skills
- Hold outstanding interpersonal skills
What skills can I expect to develop through this major?
- Content knowledge of anatomy, physiology, human biology, program design, motor development, and computer applications
- Communication skills from both inside the classroom as well as peer teaching experiences in discipline specific courses
- Assessment knowledge in fitness, wellness, and strength and conditioning
What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?
- Hands on learning experience to begin as early as freshman year
- Multiple experiences teaching to peers in strength and conditioning setting
- Internships available through multiple fitness facilities in mid-Missouri
What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?
- Pursuing a graduate degree or applying for a graduate assistant position in related fields (Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Education, Kinesiology, Athletic Training)
- Personal trainer
- Strength and condition coach in a high school or college setting (upon passing certification exam)
- Fitness facility/gym employment opportunities
- Corporate fitness/physical therapy/sports medicine clinics
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