Exercise Science

Career Opportunities

Exercise science professionals have extensive knowledge and training in how the human body moves, responds, and adapts to athletics as well as routine and outdoor activities. Exercise science graduates apply their skill set in four key sectors:

1) Industry: Overseeing staff exercise and activity needs as a corporate or company occupational health officer.

2) Health: Developing training and exercise programs for overall health and wellness, injury rehabilitation, and assisting individuals with disabilities at hospitals, clinics, and medical centers.

3) Education: Serving as an exercise and sport science educator at secondary and postsecondary schools.

4) Sport: Supervising strength-and-conditioning program design, execution and monitoring for individual athletes and teams.

Employment Information

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Professional Work Settings

  • Athletic associations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Country clubs
  • Government agencies
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • High schools
  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Professional sports teams and leagues
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Sports marketing agencies
  • Sporting arenas and stadiums
  • Sporting goods companies
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Private consultant, contractor, or entrepreneur

Potential Job Titles

  • Aerobics instructor
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Exercise program director
  • Exercise specialist
  • Health coach
  • Health fitness instructor
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Park manager
  • Dietician
  • Health consultant
  • Nutritionist
  • Athletic coach
  • Adventure trainer
  • Spa director
  • Recreation technician
  • School health educator
  • Health administrator
  • Corporate fitness director
  • Wellness center coordinator
  • Personal trainer
  • Sporting event coordinator
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports facility manager
  • Intramural and recreation director

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