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What Can You Do With A Major In Exercise Science?

Exercise Scientists are health care professionals that utilize knowledge of the human body's adaptive responses to exercise to address an individual's health, fitness, or performance goals. Exercise Science is often cited as the preferred undergraduate program of study for students interested in the advanced degree of Physical Therapy. Other graduate programs that are of interest to Exercise Science students are: Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic, Medicine, Physician's Assistant, Sports Psychology, and Pharmacy.


Brooks College of Health

Exercise Science Courses

Career Paths

  • Clinical Exercise Physiology: health care-based positions that incorporate exercise testing, prescription, and supervision for a wide spectrum of patients such as cardiac rehabilitation, elderly care, and weight management.
  • Fitness/Recreation: positions in personal training, fitness instruction, corporate wellness, wellness coach, and recreation.
  • Human Performance: strength coach, performance coach, and athletic exercise testing.
  • Other Related Fields: medical supply reps (pacemakers, artificial joints, medical instruments) and pharmaceutical representatives

Job Titles

  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Director of Intramurals and Recreation
  • Exercise Epidemiologists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Exercise Program Director
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Exercise Test Technologist
  • Fitness Cardiac Rehab Specialist
  • Health Club Manager
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Physical Education Director
  • Sports Instructor
  • Weight Training Instructor
  • Wellness Coordinator

Typical Employers/ Work Settings

  • Bureau of Prisons
  • Center for Disease Control National Institutes of Health
  • Center for Health Promotion & Education
  • College/University Instructor
  • Commerce & Industry Rehabilitation Programs
  • Community Organizations
  • Competitive Sports Programs
  • Department of Health & Human Services
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Government Agencies
  • Fitness Centers
  • Health Resources & Services Administration
  • High Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Public Health Services
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Sports Arenas and Stadiums
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • State Departments of Health

Job Search Information

Exercise Guide Jobs

Professional Associations