Building a career in physical education is among the best options in India. Know all about opportunities, courses, and institutes in physical education.

Careers in Physical Education

Physical education has been one of the constituent parts of the education system in India. In fact, India has an ancient tradition of physical education and sports (such as kho-kho and kabbadi), to ensure physical development of a person. Physical education mainly focuses on the development of physical and mental fitness, development of neuromuscular skills, and development of character and personality. To study physical education, one should also be energetic, enthusiastic, physically fit, patient, determined, and have a sporting spirit. Talking about building a career in physical education, one has many options in this field, like becoming a sportsperson, trainer/instructor/coach, sports journalist, sports goods manufacturer/marketing executive, commentator etc.

Course Details
Courses in the field of physical education are offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At the graduation level, one can pursue physical education through B.PEd program. At the post graduate level, one can take up M.PEd course (it is generally for trainers and managers). To be eligible for UG courses, students must have completed 10+2 level of examination, or its equivalent, with any subject of physical education. For the PG courses, one should complete graduation with physical education, from any statutory University. In the curriculum of the courses, students are given practical training in the respective fields, apart from theoretical knowledge. They are given practical exposure through inter-college/inter-state or higher level sports competitions.

Career Prospects
After completing a course in physical education, many sportspersons, particularly professional players, can join teams or sports clubs to represent their country in various national and international events. Apart from being a professional player, one can also become a physical education instructor, coach, umpire/referee, sport and leisure club manager, sports photojournalist, sports journalist, or sports administrator.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Some prominent institutes and universities in India that offer courses in physical education are: Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Gwalior; Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra; Alagappa University, Karaikudi; Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences (IGIPESS) University of Delhi, New Delhi; Jiwaji University, Gwalior; Punjabi University, Patiala; and University of Burdwan, Burdwan.

Remuneration in the field of physical education largely depends upon the sports chosen. However, majority of the professionals earn according to their experience in the field as well as consistency in their performance.

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