Exercise Science : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

The Exercise Science program prepares graduates for entry-level jobs in the areas of fitness, health and wellness, prevention of injury and rehabilitation through exercise and physical activity. Students apply scientific principles of conditioning and the ability to design a safe lifestyle program, including healthy exercise habits.

Skills gained in this program include:

Managing, organizing and meeting deadlines, analyzing, critical thinking, teaching, interpreting, communicating, persuading/influencing, coordinating, planning, and guiding people towards wellness.

Career Choices

Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions that focus on rehabilitation, prevention of injury and disease, performance enhancement, and exercise nutrition.

Alumni of Exercise Science have found employment in the following fields:
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (hospitals, clinics)
  • Chiropractic*
  • Health and Wellness (corporate, community, commercial
  • Medicine*
  • Personal fitness training
  • Physical therapy*
  • Special education*
  • Strength and conditioning programs (collegiate and professional level)

*Graduates from the Exercise Science program are not eligible for employment in some of the above areas without further schooling.

Work settings include:

Entry-level exercise science positions can be found in commercial, agency, corporate, hospital, clinical and recreational settings, including health clubs and community centers, special interest groups such as Olympic training centers and professional sports teams, personal consulting, and educational institutions.

Salary Information

Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. Graduates can improve their marketability by earning specialized certifications, such as those administered by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?

30% obtain entry-level positions

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school?

70% either to graduate school or to a variety of other professional programs

Career Hints

Although a master's degree is not needed for employment in this field, management and leadership positions usually require a degree beyond the bachelors.

Graduates of the program have pursued graduate education in exercise physiology, exercise science, biomechanics, management, special education, business administration, medicine, physical therapy, public health, chiropractic, podiatry, nutrition, and physician assistant programs.

Employers are seeking candidates with experience and those who have developed their skills from that experience. Internships, part-time or summer employment, and/or further education can enhance a graduate's employability in their chosen career area.

Graduates are ideal candidates for additional degrees in the following areas:
  • Biomechanics
  • Chiropractic
  • Exercise physiology
  • Health promotion
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant programs

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:09 EST