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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for individuals graduating with concentration in exercise science are numerous. Common career tracks range from the research scientist to the exercise practitioner in fitness and/or clinical settings.There are dozens of career opportunities available to you as an exercise science major. If you choose to pursue a professional degree, you could have a career as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician's assistant, or even a medical doctor.

Exercise science graduates tend to specialize in clinical areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, research based exercise physiology (such as performance and heat stress, performance and altitude, fluid balance, intracellular lactate mechanisms, motor functions, and plasticity of muscle fibers), exercise testing and prescription of athletes, and development of physical fitness programs in prevention of disease and disability.

Potential job titles include:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Fitness Director
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist 
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Potential employers include:

  • Athletic associations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Corporate health facilities
  • Country clubs and resorts
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • High schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Sports marketing & management agencies
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Sporting goods companies
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Center for Health Promotion & Education
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Health Resources & Services Admin
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
  • Peace Corps
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
  • Public Health Service
  • State Departments of Health
  • U.S. Armed Forces