Exercise Physiologists

Exercise is not just for the young and healthy. Today, it is prescribed as way to help people recover from chronic illness, surgery, and injury and avoid illness in the first place. Exercise physiologists use their knowledge and training of exercise science to help patients reach optimum health, mobility, and confidence. Exercise physiologists work in clinical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. They may also be employed by sports-related businesses such as health and fitness clubs or athletic training facilities and camps. Some choose to work in academia. Approximately 5,820 exercise physiologists are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Use their knowledge and training of exercise science to help patients reach optimum health, mobility, and confidence
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience Participating in at least one internship during college will be useful
Skills
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Helpful
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager, or Consultant, or College Professor
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Assistant to Program Director or Physical Therapy Assistant