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Careers in sport and exercise psychology

This is an excerpt from Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology by Alan Kornspan.

Academic Positions

  • Instructor of sport and exercise psychology at a university
  • Sport psychologist for a university athletic department
  • Psychologist at a counseling center and sport psychology consultant for the athletic department
  • Director of sport psychology for a university-based performance-enhancement center Independent Consulting or Practice
  • Mental training consultant or sport psychologist for a professional sport organization

Sport psychologist in private practice

  • Mental training consultant or sport psychologist for a professional sport agent
  • Mental training consultant in private practice
  • Mental training consultant or sport psychologist for an Olympic training center
  • Mental training consultant at a sport academy
  • Psychologist or counselor for a sports medicine clinic or hospital department
  • Coach educator

Athlete Development

  • Academic coach
  • Athlete liaison officer
  • Athletic counselor
  • Athlete career and education advisor
  • Director of athlete lifestyle services
  • Director of player development for a professional sports team or league
  • Life skills educator for a youth sport and development organization
  • Performance lifestyle coordinator for a national governing body
  • Performance lifestyle advisor for a national governing body
  • Performance lifestyle coordinator for a professional sport league or organization
  • Life services manager
  • Life services coordinator
  • Professional sport welfare officer
  • Player development manager

Exercise Psychology

  • Active living consultant
  • Director of a community program devoted to increasing physical activity
  • Physical activity and healthy lifestyle facilitator
  • Physical activity consultant
  • Physical activity counselor
  • Wellness coach
  • Program coordinator
  • Exercise interventionist

*Because these are job titles, some of these positions involve similar responsibilities.

This is an excerpt from Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology.