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
  • Perceptive
  • 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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