Career Options in Physical Education

In past days, Physical Education was a challenging and low paying career option. As change is a rule, this sector has under gone a sea change due to awareness and demand of physical activity in daily life. In today’s time people are very much concerned about their health and fitness which makes it one of the most demanding career options. Physical Education is a field with various practical training options like sport journalism, training, sporting activities, fitness programs, aerobics, gym operation etc. It becomes an important element in Indian education system.


To join the sector one must have completed 10+2 or other equivalent examination with subjects in physical science. For bachelor degree, one can go for B. PEd. Program and for Master degree one can go for M. PEd. program (mostly for trainer & Manager). There are many known colleges and universities who provide these courses like:

  • Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra
  • Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  • Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Gwalior
  • Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports science (IGIPESS) University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • Punjabi University, Patiala

Skills Required:

Students looking physical education as a career need to develop set of valuable skills in them beside educational degree to get success. Some of these skills are listed below:

  • Motivation, Empathy and Leadership Skills
  • Good explanation ability
  • Attention to detail skills
  • Observation and analytical skills
  • Mentoring and guiding skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of health issues and physical activity
  • Awareness of the environmental effect on human health

Job Opportunities:

Physical education provides multiple job options including fitness consultant, sports director, event manager, instructor, trainer, sport coach at entry level. But candidates having higher degree are more competitive and open with more job options like Physical education teacher, School sports director, Personal trainer, Recreational programmer, Political analyst, Spots development officer, Youth worker, Group exercise instructor and so on.


Salary starts in the range of Rs.15000 to Rs.25000 on monthly basis which eventually increase as one gain expertise and skills. Some reputed institutes offer even better salaries through campus placement initiatives which goes till Rs.40000 per month in the beginning only. Those who wish to start their own set up as Gym or fitness center can decide on their own how much they want to charge for their services. In this era of physical awareness good money can be earned from this field.

Market Trend:

Physical trainer, fitness guide, gym instructors are in demand nowadays. This centers can be seen everywhere ;individual fitness cnter,gymnasium available inside the hotels, resorts,residential societies etc. It has become a structured industry with chains like Gold Gym, Fusion Fitness are opening up their new branches. That is why numerous job opportunities are emanating to fill the skill gap and meet the industry demand.

In a nut shell physical education is one of the rewarding and promising career avenues with growth potential. One must try this sector to start his career.

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