academics

What Can I Do With a HPER Major?

A Student Exercises

HPER majors can be personal trainers, physical therapists, teachers, coaches, and more. Here is a sampling of what recent HPER Graduates are doing.

Athletic Training
Jamie Potts (2010)—athletic trainer and instructor at Upper Iowa University
Jennifer (Sandquist) Stavenger (2008)—rehab specialist at Vitality Chiropractic
Jason Rinne (2008)—assistant athletic trainer at Augustana College

Exercise Science
Matthew Heesch (2010)—enrolled in PhD program in Exercise Science at University of Nebraska, Omaha
Brandon Krueger (2010)—trainer at Sioux Empire Fitness
Sarah Questad (2010)—Occupational Therapy program at University of South Dakota
Jessie (Mootz) Finke and Annalise Pepin (2009)—both completed Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Des Moines University in 2012

Fitness Management
Drew Heithoff (2011)—strength and conditioning internship at UCLA
Brady MacIver (2011)—Sales Manager, Anytime Fitness
Ellen Andrews (2011)—master’s program in Kinesiology at Sam Houston State
Abby Vandalenotte (2008)—finance department at Good Samaritan Society

Physical Education
Chris Janisch (2011)—teacher in Sioux Falls School District
Josh Niedenfuer (2010)—master’s degree in Special Education, teaching in Anoka, Minn.
Allison Rutherford (2010)—master’s program in Education at University of SD
Mallory Larson (2007)—teacher and coach in Bellevue, Neb.

Sport Management
Chad Vander Poel (2011)—venue operations with the US Olympic Committee, London—summer 2012
Katelyn Tobin (2011)—leadership position at Ameriprise
Nicholas Lehnen (2010)—public relations with Sioux Falls Canaries