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Physical Education & Coaching

6,447 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1,649 Master's Degrees Annually
#4 in Popularity
$62,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Physical Education & Coaching Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many physical education teaching and coaching graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 6,447
Master’s Degree 1,649
Basic Certificate 215
Associate’s Degree 200
Graduate Certificate 65
Doctor’s Degree 35
Undergraduate Certificate 23

What Physical Education & Coaching Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, physical education teaching majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Physical Education Teaching Majors

Physical Education Teaching majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • Psychology - 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Physical Education Teaching Majors

When studying physical education teaching, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Abilities for Physical Education Teaching Majors

As a physical education teaching major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Physical Education & Coaching Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with physical education teaching:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Coaches and Scouts 12.9% $33,780
Education Professors 10.3% $64,780
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.0% $39,820
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $58,600
Recreation and Fitness Studies Professors 9.7% $62,620
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $60,320

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education & Coaching?

6,447 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
44% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 56% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of physical education teaching majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Physical Education Teaching Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 147
Black or African American 992
Hispanic or Latino 728
White 4,120
International Students 80
Other Races/Ethnicities 380

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Physical Education Teaching, too. About 1.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Physical Education & Coaching Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $44,580 to $72,190 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to physical education teaching. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with physical education teaching require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for physical education teaching careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 5.1%
Some College Courses 1.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 37.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 6.0%
Master’s Degree 16.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.6%
Doctoral Degree 22.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Physical Education & Coaching Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 597 schools offered some type of physical education teaching and coaching program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 38 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 10 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 51 6
Bachelor’s Degree 26 3
Post-Baccalaureate 38 2
Master’s Degree 138 32
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 12 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Physical Education & Coaching Worth It?

The median salary for a physical education teaching grad is $62,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 55% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $442,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to physical education teaching.

Major Number of Grads
Reading Teacher Education 6,530
Music Education 4,575
English & Language Arts Education 3,287
Mathematics Education 3,164
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 2,654
Health Education 1,821
Social Studies Education 1,623
Art Education 1,617
Science Education 1,430
Agricultural Teacher Education 1,130
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 773
Technology Education 715
History Education 701
Biology Education 689
Social Science Teacher Education 605
Technical Teacher Education 495
Spanish Education 437
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 343
Family & Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 341
Health Occupations Teacher Education 318
Modern Language Education 257
Business Education 230
Drama & Dance Education 224
Computer Teacher Education 216
Chemistry Education 185
Earth Science Teacher Education 150
Physics Education 123
Environmental Education 78
Driver & Safety Teacher Education 54
Speech Teacher Education 48
French Language Teacher Education 35
German Language Teacher Education 11
Distributive Education 10
Psychology Teacher Education 6
Latin Teacher Education 5
Geography Teacher Education 2

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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