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Exercise Science

Create exercise programs that improve people's health. Exercise science professionals work in physiology, biomechanics, and motor control/learning. They help improve cardiovascular function and overall human performance. 

Degree Program

Kinesiology Bachelor of Science

Kinesiology Masters of Science

Jobs & Work Settings 

  • Exercise physiologist working in sports and wellness programs, a researcher working in sports medicine and fitness, exercise specialist working in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings
  • Biomechanist working in sport and rehabilitation programs
  • Researcher in sports medicine 
  • Sport and fitness product development

Career Outlook & Pay

​Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. 

Median annual wage

  • CA: $89,030
  • US: $49,270

Interests, Skills & Values  

Physical fitness

Exercise science professionals are passionate about physical fitness, sports, and athletic performance.

Science skills

Exercise science professionals require scientific knowledge to conduct research, diagnose patients, evaluate progress, and provide care. 

Compassion

Exercise science professionals should show empathy when working with people who may be in pain or discomfort.

Detail-oriented

Exercise science professionals must be able to track the progress of patients and ensure that patients receive the correct treatment.

Decision-making skills

Exercise science professionals must make informed clinical decisions that could have a large impact on the physical wellbeing of patients. 

Interpersonal skills

Exercise science professionals must be able to manage difficult situations and communicate clearly with patients and colleagues. 

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