However, after further Googling, I find a lot of people saying that Kinesiology is a joke, not respected in the real world, and attainable jobs with the degree are low-paying.
Is this true? Have I made a bad choice?
I recommend investigating the potential career paths that the major leads into before continuing. There are some lower-level spots such as personal trainers that don't make as much unless you have a strong client base. However, there are also higher end personal trainers as well as physical therapists that make decent money. Knowing where there's a market for the job skill and moving there is half the battle. Most of the best jobs in this field will be in major cities or in retirement areas, where the folks have enough insurance and money to pay for your services.
Update: A BS in science is a great choice, certainly less limiting if you don't know which path you wish to take yet. If you can still get the scholarship for it, that's the way to go!
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Here in Canada, Kin is really popular major. I attend one of the leading schools in that field and it is very respected. But I had never heard of Kinesiology until I moved here, in the US it's almost unheard of.
you don't declare your major until your second year at the earliest so don't worry about it. take some first year introductory courses and see what suits you best :)
Majors hardly mean shit in the real world. The majority of how you'd get a job would be from internships and certifications. If you are going for a job in the healthcare industry, you need to be concerned with whatever certification they require. If you are sure this is what you want, then just make sure the major is something you enjoy and can do well in while meeting the requirements for the certification/specialized training. You can major in history and as long as you take the core classes (I imagine it's something like Bio 1/2, Chem 1/2, OChem 1/2, etc) then you can get the training somewhere.
no major is a joke. at least your in education. some lazy bastards out there don't have f*** all to their name. you go where you think you'll feel happy.
Just think of it this way.. even if it's not good, at least you wil have a major. that better than a major percentage of the current population these days. so you would be more likely to get a decent job even if it may not be in your field.
i mean its not the lowest, but most people would definitely consider it lower half I think. I'm about to graduate with a genetics degree which, in my biased opinion seems a little more prestigious. I also think engineers have pretty legit majors. but I see kinesiology as a bit higher than something like communications or something like that.
why not go into physical therapy, same basic studies but way better job opportunities and pay!
Like, what kind of job can you get with that?
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Kinesiology, can place you in the medical field, in the sports industry or your own business. Just like any other job that pays good, you must obtain certificate of certification the more you have the more you move up the ladder and the better your chances getting into a higher pay grade. Sports are big in the US and we have our problems with obesity and lack of exercise is the major problems that send the US in a frenzy with high medical cost and not enough money to maintain people health. The more we advance in the future the lazier we get with things that keeps us for exercising and even thinking. When I was growing up we didn't have telephones to in the contact for phone numbers but we had to memorize them and we played games like how many phone numbers you can remember. Research and see how much money is being spent for exercise programs, equipment, health club membership and the rise of vitamins (which includes all the skinny products), America is pouring into these products and You Say Kinesiology is a Joke, and the rise of people getting diabetes and all the health problems people are having with arthiritis and stiff joints and muscles, it is a good field to get into and yes you have to put in work for it.