Teaching – Physical Education

Physical Education Teaching is about training to be a physical education (phys ed) teacher.

A phys ed teacher teaches about physical fitness and activity, and often coaches sports.

Studying in this area involves learning about how the human body works and the fitness requirements for people of all ages.

Physical Education may also include outdoor education activities – such as kayaking, tramping, sailing, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Physical education teacher
  • Athletic trainer
  • Coach
  • Recreational therapist
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

144% of national
median earnings


Employment

77%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
14%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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