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body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years




Biokineticists are scientific exercise specialists. They are experts in human movement and will prescribe specific exercise routines either as a preventative health measure or to help correct specific health problems.

As a biokineticist, your clients and patients will include people who’ve had an injury that limits their movements due to a sports injury, age,  or those who are recovering from a disease or operation.  The field of biokinetics is based on the principle that movement is an essential part of everyday life, for people of all ages. Loss of the ability to move parts of our bodies can affect all aspects of our lives including communication, learning, development, health as well as affecting general quality of life.  

The work of biokineticists makes a real, physical difference to people’s lives and this is a growing career all over the world. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

You’ll need to have your NSC/NC(V) certificates

  • A Bachelor degree in Biokinetics
  • Postgraduate studies are also available at certain institutions listed below.

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

NSC/NC(V) certificates to gain admission to the various institutions for the following qualifications: 

Please note that entry requirements differ for the various learning facilities. 

Subjects that you’ll need include: 

  • Maths
  • Physical or Life sciences

Duration of study

4-5 Years


You will need to register with the Health Professionals Association of South Africa (HPASA) in order to work and practise biokinetics. 

  • You can have your own private practice
  • There are also opportunities within the public sector
  • University institutions
  • Sports institutions or working with sports teams
  • Opportunities in other organisations such as the SANDF, SAPS and Correctional Services

Further Information:

The Biokinetics Society of South Africa

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