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Careers in EXS

Exercise Science and its associated disciplines (Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Motor Learning, Exercise Psychology, and more!) offers many career opportunities. 

Clinical Exercise Physiologist: 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 called sport science

Fitness/Wellness Managmenet: 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. 

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.

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.


EXS Club

facilitate a professional exchange of ideas in the Exercise Sciences as it relates to the improvement of health and fitness and the progression of Exercise Science as a discipline. We promote insights of various Exercise Science professionals, such as

  • physical therapist,
  • occupational therapist,
  • cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist,
  • exercise physiologist,
  • occupational physiologist,
  • employee fitness directors,
  • group exercise instructors,
  • athletic trainers,
  • strength and conditioning coaches,
  • biomechanist,
  • dietitian/ sports nutritionist,
  • researchers,
  • teachers,
  • medical doctors, and
  • students training to enter the field.
  • 3.4 or higher overall GPA
  • ACTIVE membership in the EXS Club (confirmed and verified by the Club's Executive Board)
  • Membership in a professional organization

Qualifying students will be contacted in the semester prior to your graduation (around midterms) by Dr. Scali.

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Exercise is Medicine

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On May 29th, 2015 Western Kentucky University was one of 24 colleges officially recognized by Exercise is Medicine (R) for participating in the Exercise is Medicine on Campus program.  WKU received this award for its efforts to promote healthy living across campus, for providing students with the tools and support they need to be active, and for advocating for healthy practices as a way of life at work and beyond.   

Read the full press release to see some of the initiatives WKU has in place as part of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus campaign.

Student Initiatives for Exercise is Medicine

Get Set Go is an initiative offered through Light of Chance to get school-age children in Warren County on a path to living healthier lives by teaching them about exercise and healthy food choices.
Take the Stairs is an international initiative by the ACSM Exercise is Medicine to encourage people to "take the stairs" instead of using elevators.  Our EXS students posted reminders on elevators across campus to encourage stair use.
Healthy Days is a student health fair presented each year by WellU to provide students opportunities to get involved and learn more about their health.  EXS Club members provide blood pressure screenings and offer fitness measures to students.






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 Last Modified 8/3/23