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Careers for Exercise Science Degree Graduates

The exercise science major has special characteristics that will make you a valuable addition to prospective employers:

  • Good physical fitness.
  • Knowledge of the mechanics and health processes of the human body.
  • Capability to assess and treat injuries.
  • Ability to educate and counsel athletes, their families and teams on issues regarding injury prevention and treatment.
  • Strong communication, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
  • Skills to be a public speaker and motivator.
  • Foundation to work well under pressure and independently.
  • Proficiency in the use of technology necessary to assess and treat their athletes.
  • Certification by the American College of Sports Medicine (special optional opportunity through ACSM workshops to become certified).

Common job titles

  • Athletic trainer
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Recreational therapist
  • Respiratory therapist

Job Outlook Data

Exercise physiologists held about 15,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024. Demand for this occupation will rise as hospitals embrace exercise and preventive care as part of their treatment for chronic diseases.

About half of exercise physiologists were self-employed in 2014. Most others worked in hospitals or in offices of health practitioners.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of exercise science majors are:

  • Pre-health professional (i.e. pre-physical therapy or pre-physician assistant)
  • Corporate wellness
  • Fitness training
  • Clinical exercise physiology (i.e. cardiac rehabilitation)
  • Research

» Get information about Adelphi’s Exercise Science Degree Programs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Exercise Physiologists.

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