Career Opportunities

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Employment Opportunities

The Exercise Physiology Undergraduate degree is designed to prepare students for post-graduate training in the areas of exercise physiology, physical therapy, wellness program administration and medicine. Students that decide not to pursue graduate training can use their skills in a variety of health and fitness entry level positions.

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level

  • research assistant
  • health/fitness technician
  • personal trainer
  • fitness specialist for industry based wellness program

Further Education/Experience Often Required

  • exercise physiologist
  • physical therapist
  • physician
  • physician's assistant
  • occupational therapy
  • administrator for industry based wellness program
  • candidate for dentistry or optometry school

Enhancing Employability

Certifications through various organizations (American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, International Association of Fitness Professionals) can enhance the student's marketability. Volunteer and internship experiences in clinical and corporate settings will also enhance one's chances of getting a job.

Certifications Available:

  • American College of Sports Medicine: Exercise Leader and/or Health Fitness Specialist
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Personal Trainer

Skills to Develop:

  • computer applications
  • public speaking
  • quantitative and statistical analysis techniques

Strategies for Contacting Employers:

  • attend state, regional, and national conferences
  • volunteer to work in hospitals, PT clinics, and exercise physiology labs

Potential Employers

  • hospitals
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • companies with wellness programs (such as IBM, Proctor and Gamble, Westinghouse, and Xerox)
  • universities, colleges, and community colleges
  • fitness clubs and health spas
  • United States Armed Forces
  • research laboratories
  • consulting companies

Sample Job Descriptions

Exercise Physiologist (post-graduate): A Masters level clinical exercise physiologist is trained to work in a variety of settings that can include, but are not limited to, the following jobs: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation specialist; corporate fitness director; research technician in exercise physiology or in biochemistry; community college/college lecturer; research associate. Doctoral level exercise physiologists are trained to become: researchers and teachers at the University level; program directors for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs; and researchers for organizations within the private sector.

Medicine and Allied Health Professions: The exercise physiology undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of post-graduate careers in medicine and allied health professions. The majority of prerequisites for medical and physical therapy school are included in the exercise physiology curriculum.


Related Fields

  • Kinesiology
  • Biomechanics
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