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Exercise Science

The undergraduate exercise science curriculum includes prerequisites for further education in many allied health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiovascular technology and medicine. The best of our majors gain entry into these highly competitive programs. Program graduates are typically employed in preventive exercise programs in settings such as wellness programs, private and/or public health and fitness centers as personal trainers, government agencies, corporate industry, health education, park systems, and adult or community fitness programs, while others work as strength and conditioning specialists for collegiate and professional athletic teams. Some majors work in clinical settings such as in-hospital cardiopulmonary disease rehabilitation programs. Academic preparation focuses on the scientific aspects of exercise related to asymptomatic and symptomatic populations, therefore students acquiring this degree are prepared for entrance into health-related fitness and sport science professions. Graduates are also eligible to sit for certification examinations offered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and to apply for advanced study in a variety of applied science and allied health programs.

Career Fields associated with Exercise Science Majors:

  • Athletic Director
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractic Physician
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Director of Community Relations
  • Director of Intramurals & Recreation
  • Director of Media Relations
  • Director of Sports Facilities
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Program Director
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Exercise Test Technologist
  • Fitness Program Coordinator
  • General Manager, Prof. Sports Team
  • Health Club Manager
  • Health/Fitness Instructor
  • Marketing Director
  • Nautilis/Weight Training Instructor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Operations Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Education
  • Director Physician
  • Promotion Director
  • Public Relations Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Publicity Director
  • Sporting Goods Manufacturer's Rep
  • Sports Event Coordinator
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Nutritionist Ticket Manager

Related Skills:

  • Motor skills
  • Motivational skills
  • Discussion skills
  • Knowledge of proper nutrition
  • Planning skills
  • Oral & Visual communication skills
  • Athletically inclined
  • Demonstration skills (physical activities)
  • Interest in health issues
  • Interest & knowledge in the mechanics and general health of the human body

Personal Attributes associated with Exercise Science:

  • Patience
  • Independent
  • Value people
  • Good communication
  • Adaptable
  • Organization
  • Good time management
  • Able to overcome stress
  • Interest in constant learning

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.