Employment Opportunities

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level

  • Community-based recreation programs
  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness specialist for industry based and hospital based wellness programs
  • Exercise specialist in cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation programs
  • Research assistant

Further Education and/or Experience Often Required

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Administrator for industry and hospital based wellness programs
  • Physical therapist
  • Exercise leader or health fitness specialist

Graduate School

Enhancing Employability

Certifications through various organizations can enhance the student's marketability. Volunteer and internship experiences in clinical and corporate settings, as well as developing certain skills, will also enhance one's chances of getting a job.


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

Skills to Develop

  • Computer application techniques
  • Public speaking
  • Statistical analysis techniques

Strategies for Contacting Employers

  • Attend state, regional, and national conferences
  • Volunteer to work in hospitals, corporate wellness settings, PT clinics, and exercise physiology labs

Potential Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Companies with wellness programs (such as IBM, Proctor and Gamble, Westinghouse, and Xerox)
  • Fitness clubs and health spas
  • United States Armed Forces
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Related Fields

  • Kinesiology
  • Biomechanics
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