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Kinesiologists and exercise therapists

OaSIS code 31204.02

Kinesiologists and exercise therapists conduct fitness and human movement tests and assessments. They design and implement programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement and performance in the areas of sports, recreation, work and exercise.


Also known as

  • Certified kinesiologist
  • Kinesiologist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess clients to determine their current and potential functioning level and to aid in the development of individualized recovery or rehabilitation programs
  • Design specialized therapy programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, musculoskeletal functioning and performance in sports, work and recreation
  • Implement therapeutic programs by employing approaches and techniques such as exercise, sports or other movement therapy
  • Instruct clients on techniques to rehabilitate physical injuries or improve physical performance
  • Observe, record observations and analyze clients during treatment sessions, write progress reports and consult with other health professionals to evaluate and modify treatment plans as required
  • May advise clients regarding health promotion and injury prevention, management and treatment
  • May conduct research in respective field of specialization.

Additional information

  • There is no mobility between the different occupations in this unit group.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Physiotherapists (31202)
  • Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers (41406)
  • Physical Rehabilitation therapists (32109.04)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

31 – Professional occupations in health

Sub-major group

312 – Therapy and assessment professionals

Minor group

3120 – Therapy and assessment professionals

Unit group

31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment

Occupational profile

31204.02 – Kinesiologists and exercise therapists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Coaching and Developing Others
4 - High Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

2 - Less than half the time
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
1 - Once a year or more but not every month


  • Clinics
  • Education institutions
  • Extended care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Industry
  • Nursing homes
  • Private practices
  • Recreational centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Sports organizations

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Body Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Deductive Reasoning
3 - Moderate Level


Proficiency or complexity level
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
5 - Extremely important
Service Orientation
5 - Extremely important
Social Orientation
5 - Extremely important