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Exercise Science

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Academic Information: -  top

What is Exercise Science?  top

Exercise science majors study the science of the human movement. They also learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition. Interested in science, biology, and health? If you enjoy working out, playing sports, and taking care of your body, this could be the major for you. It involves studying everything about the human body, from bones and muscles to skin and tissue, researching questions on nutrition and exercise, learning how to condition the body, examining how diet can affect the body and understanding injury and illness prevention

Career Information  -  top

Possible Job Titles  -  top

  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Aerobic Instructors
  • Sports Instructors
  • Kinesiotherapists
  • Director of Media Relations
  • Exercise Program Director
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Exercise Test Technologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Health/Fitness Instructor
  • Marketing Director
  • Physician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Operations Director
  • Sporting Goods Manufacturing Rep
  • Promotion Director
  • Physical Education Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Sports Event Coordinator
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Ticket Manager
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Hospital Wellness
  • Community Based Fitness Personal Trainer
  • Industrial Fitness Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Sport Event Coordinator
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Physical Education Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sporting Good Manufacturing Rep.
  • Director of Sports Facility
  • Director of Intramurals and Recreation
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Director of Community Relations
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Director of Sports Facilities
  • Exercise Test Technologist
  • Athletic Director
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Health Club Manager
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • General Manager, Pro Sports Team
  • Weight Training Instructor
  • Exercise Program Director
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Physician's Assistant

Typical Places of Employment  -  top

  • College/University Instructor
  • Community Organizations
  • Commerce & Industry Rehabilitation Programs
  • Competitive Sports Programs
  • Camps
  • Resorts YMCA's
  • Gyms Fitness Centers
  • Sports Arenas and Stadiums
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Sports Marketing and Management Agencies
  • High Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Government Agencies
  • Bureau of Prisons
  • Indian Health Service
  • Center for Disease Control National Institutes of Health
  • Center for Health Promotion & Education
  • Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Peace Corps/Vista
  • Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Public Health Services
  • Health Resources & Services Admin.
  • State Departments of Health

Required Skills and Abilities -  top

  • Research with athletes to identify human biomechanical principals
  • Develop customized exercise prescriptions for athletes
  • Evaluating performances
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Service Orientation
  • Analyze and compare information between human physique & endurance, agility & muscle strength
  • Instructing students
  • Organizing sports events
  • Active Listening
  • Time Management
  • Speaking
  • Coordination
  • Reading Comprehension

Alumni Resources  -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Andrew Carter 2002 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach/ PE Teacher St. Stephens & St. Agnes
Lindsay Hovermale 2005 Research Assistant/Instructor University of Florida
Dr. Greg Martel 1991 Associate Professor Coastal Carolina University
Heather Neal 2003 Manager/Program Coordinator Civista Medical Center

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations:

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

The National Athletic Trainers Association

American Physical Therapy Association

The American College of Sports Medicine

Sports and Exercise Psychology - Professional Organizations

American Association. for Health Education

American Society of Exercise Physiologists

Center for Exercise Physiology

Other Career-Related Links:

Exercise Careers

Sports Medicine Careers

Health Careers

Athletic Training Careers

Physical Therapy Careers

Dietician/Nutritionist Careers

Other Exercise Science Career Information

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