Occupation Summary

Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

O*NET 25-1193.00


Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 13.49%.
Education Level:
Doctoral Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Business and Industry

  1. Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  2. Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  3. Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as anatomy, therapeutic recreation, and conditioning theory.
  4. Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  5. Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  6. Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  7. Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  8. Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  9. Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  10. Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  11. Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  12. Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  13. Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
  14. Participate in campus and community events.
  15. Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  16. Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  17. Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  18. Perform administrative duties such as serving as department heads.
  19. Prepare students to act as sports coaches.
  20. Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  21. Act as advisers to student organizations.
  22. Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  23. Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

No Industry Employment Patterns found.

Labor Market Information

2016 National employment 20,600
2016 Texas employment 2,105
Texas projected employment by 2026 2,389
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 196

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Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Teaching others how to do something.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Learning Strategies
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
    -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting With Computers
    -- Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Other Activities

  • Adapt course of study to meet student needs
  • Administer educational, research, or work-related grants
  • Advise educational personnel
  • Advise governmental personnel
  • Advise students on education and career-related issues
  • Assist students with classes, courses, or extracurricular activities
  • Attend professional conferences and events
  • Collaborate with professionals or peers from other disciplines and backgrounds
  • Communicate individual or group progress
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials
  • Conduct business, market, or managerial research
  • Conduct educational presentations
  • Conduct educational research
  • Confer with parents to determine student needs or develop programs
  • Coordinate recreational activities
  • Demonstrate physical activities
  • Design informational presentations
  • Develop course or training objectives
  • Develop instructional materials
  • Develop instructional programs
  • Direct scientific, research, or investigative studies
  • Encourage group and organizational participation
  • Evaluate instructional curricula
  • Evaluate instructional material
  • Evaluate instructional programs
  • Evaluate student performance
  • Instruct participants in recreational or fitness activities
  • Interact with industry partners for research and development
  • Lead recreational activities
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain educational or training-related records, reports, or files
  • Manage organizational facilities
  • Monitor student progress
  • Operate computers to enter, calculate, access, and retrieve data
  • Organize educational material or ideas
  • Organize speakers or judges for classes, events, or programs
  • Participate in recreational activities
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform peer review evaluations of research, publications, or grants
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Record student progress
  • Research information using library or Internet
  • Respond to employee or worker concerns
  • Respond to parent or student concerns
  • Seek external funding to support departmental, student, or research activities
  • Serve on academic, scientific, and advisory committees
  • Serve on planning, governance, or administrative committees
  • Set-up equipment for demonstrations or presentations
  • Supervise student research
  • Teach food or nutrition principles
  • Teach mentally or emotionally-impaired students
  • Teach principles of medicine
  • Teach secondary or post-secondary courses
  • Teach sports rules or techniques
  • Teach work-related or interest-based courses
  • Update educational curriculum
  • Upload data to website or online server for information sharing
  • Write letters of recommendation
  • Write research or project grant proposals

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.


Badminton rackets: Badminton rackets;

Baseball bats: Metal baseball bats;

Baseballs: Baseballs;

Basketball hoop: Basketball hoops;

Basketballs: Basketballs;

Bowling equipment: Bowling sets;

Compact disk players or recorders: Compact disk CD players;

Cross trainers: Elliptical trainers;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Digital camcorders or video cameras: Digital video cameras;

Digital cameras: Compact digital cameras;

Digital video disk players or recorders: Digital video disk DVD players;

Epidiascopes: Opaque projectors;

Fitness weights: Free weights;

Footballs: Footballs;

Golf balls: Golf balls;

Golf clubs: Golf clubs;

Golf tees: Golf tees;

Gymnastic bars or beams: Balance beams;

High capacity removable media drives: Universal serial bus USB flash drives;

Inkjet printers: Poster printers;

Jump ropes: Fitness jump ropes;

Laser fax machine: Laser facsimile machines;

Laser printers: Computer laser printers;

Liquid crystal display projector: Liquid crystal display LCD projectors;

Lower body resistance machines: Lower body weight machines;

Medicine ball: Medicine balls;

Microphone stand: Microphone podiums;

Microphones: Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones;

MP3 players or recorders: MP3 digital voice recorders;

Multimedia projectors: Multimedia projection equipment; Computer projectors;

Notebook computers: Laptop computers;

Overhead projectors: Overhead data projectors;

Photocopiers: Photocopying equipment;

Pilates machines: Pilates training equipment;

Portable data input terminals: Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems;

Portable stereo systems: Portable stereo equipment;

Projection screens or displays: Projector screens;

Resistance bands: Exercise bands;

Resistance tubes: Exercise tubing;

Scanners: Computer data input scanners;

Scientific calculator: Digital calculators;

Soccer balls: Soccer balls;

Special purpose telephones: Multi-line telephone systems;

Sport goals: Soccer goals;

Sport nets or netting: Tennis nets;

Stationary bicycles: Stationary exercise bicycles;

Step aerobic equipment: Step aerobics equipment;

Tablet computers: Tablet computers;

Teleconference equipment: Conference telephones;

Televisions: Liquid crystal display LCD televisions; Television monitors;

Tennis balls: Tennis balls;

Tennis racquets: Tennis rackets;

Touch screen monitors: Interactive whiteboards;

Treadmills: Exercise treadmills;

Upper body resistance machines: Upper body weight machines;

Videoconferencing systems: Videoconferencing equipment;

Volleyballs: Volleyballs;

Web cameras: Webcams;


Calendar and scheduling software: Calendar and scheduling software;

Computer based training software: Course management system software; Blackboard Learn; Desire2Learn; Learning management system LMS software; Sakai CLE; Softworks Global PESoftOne;

Data base user interface and query software: Student record software; Data entry software;

Electronic mail software: Email software; Microsoft Outlook;

Information retrieval or search software: iParadigms Turnitin; DOC Cop;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Optical character reader OCR or scanning software: Image scanning software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Video creation and editing software: Dartfish software;

Word processing software: Collaborative editing software; Google Docs; Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary include:
  • 25-1081.00 Education Teachers, Postsecondary
  • 25-2031.00 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

No sources of additional information found.

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