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Exercise Science Careers

Exercise Science and its associated disciplines (Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, etc.) offers many career opportunities. One may consider the following career options when pursuing a degree in Exercise Science:

Clinical Exercise Physiology

This field includes jobs in cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation and diabetes education/management.

Strength & Conditioning

This field includes jobs as a strength/conditioning coach, personal trainer, and in the relatively new area of sport-specific training.

Fitness/Wellness Management

This field encompasses a number of different career paths. One may work in a fitness facility as a manager, an exercise physiologist, or as a group fitness coordinator. One may also work in a medically-owned fitness facility. These facilities are different from the "usual" fitness center in that they normally offer a number of wellness programs in addition to the fitness offerings. With the proper training, one might also work in a worksite health promotion setting.

Pre-professional Studies

A large number of students want to major in Exercise Science because it is an excellent training ground for further study. Many Exercise Science majors pursue graduate studies in Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and other professional fields.

This is only a summary of career possibilities for the Exercise Science major. If you have questions about these or other career possibilities, please contact one of the Exercise Science faculty. You may also click the link below for more information regarding career opportunities in Exercise Science.

 

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Note: Some of the careers listed above will require a certification in addition to a Bachelor's degree. We cover those certifications in our curriculum and we provide education and opportunities so that our students may obtain them.  Please refer to the right hand column of this page for detailed information regarding the certifications. 

Professional Certifications

 

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Professional Organizations

 

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 Last Modified 7/22/13