Careers

There are a ton of jobs available to Exercise Physiology grads! Check out the information below for more details.

Fitness Jobs

Job Duties Degrees Needed Certifications Job Opportunities
Fitness Specialist Design, administer and supervise exercise testing, exercise prescription and training primarily with healthy individuals, but may include some individuals with cardiac, pulmonary, or musculoskeletal problems Undergraduate degree ACSM-CPT, ACSM-HFI, NSCA-CPT, or NSCA-CSCS will enhance employment opportunities YMCA's, private fitness centers, corporate wellness centers, hospital wellness programs, clinics, Parks and Recreation departments
Fitness Director Oversee all aspects of fitness programming.  May include some broad based health promotion and wellness education in addition to exercise testing, exercise prescription, and exercise supervision Undergraduate degree required; master's degree preferred ACSM-HFI or NSCA-CSCS recommended YMCA's, private fitness centers, corporate wellness centers, hospital wellness programs, clinics, Parks and Recreation departments
Personal Trainer Working one-on-one with clients who want to exercise and are sedentary, physically active and healthy, or who may be obese or have other chronic or cardiovascular conditions None ACSM-CPT, NSCA-CPT, or ACSM-HFI will enhance employment opportunities YMCA's, private fitness centers, corporate wellness centers, hospital wellness programs, clinics, Parks and Recreation departments
Corporate Wellness Director Oversee all aspects of employee based wellness program which may include stress management, weight management, nutrition education, and lifestyle management programs in addition to exercise testing and exercise prescription Undergraduate degree required; master's degree preferred ACSM-HFI, ACSM-ES, ACSM-RCEP, or NSCA-CSCS recommended Any workplace, but especially in larger companies
Strength and Conditioning Coach Design and implement safe and effective strength and conditioning programs Undergraduate degree required; master's degree preferred NSCA-CSCS, USA Weightlifting (Club Coach) High school, college, and professional sports

Clinical Jobs

Job Duties Degrees Needed Certifications Job Opportunities
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist Design, administer, and supervise exercise testing and training for people who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, emphysema, or other cardiac or pulmonary-related condition or disease Undergraduate degree required; master's degree increases employment opportunity ACSM-HFI, or ACSM-ES will enhance employment opportunities Hospital cardiac rehabilitation programs, outpatient programs, or outreach programs
Physical Therapist Prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries and diseases and enhance physical health and functional ability Master's degree required, but doctoral degree preferred National examination required Hospital physical therapy programs, outpatient programs, or outreach programs
Occupational Therapist Assist people of all ages to develop, regain, or master activities of daily living in order to live independent, productive, and satisfying lives Master's degree National examination required Hospital occupational therapy programs, outpatient programs, or outreach programs and school systems 
Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist/Occupational Physiologist Improve performance of workers by enhancing their health and occupational abilities, preventing or rehabilitating workplace injuries, and redesigning the work environment to fit the worker. May also develop and administer pre-employment physical capacity tests Undergraduate degree required; master's degree increases employment opportunity Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics increases job opportunities Primarily in hospital outpatient facilities, factories, warehouses, corporation settings
Sports Nutritionist Study dietary patterns and advise people on proper nutrition in order to maximize performance, prevent disease, and improve health Undergraduate degree in dietetics, complete a nine-month American Dietetic Association (ADA) approved internship ADA certification exam required Hospitals, clinics, school systems, public health facilities