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Careers In Exercise Science

What can you do with a degree in Exercise Science?

As people become increasingly health conscious, and as an aging population seeks increased quality and quantity of life, there is an increased demand for health and fitness professionals trained to serve their needs. With personal health and fitness occupying much of our nation's attention, a major in exercise science provides an excellent way to enter an industry whose goal is the promotion of a healthier nation through therapeutic, exercise and wellness programs.

Exercise Science students study the physiological, neuromuscular, biomechanical and psychological effects of exercise stress on the human body, and learn how to promote healthy living through exercise and other behaviors. Graduates of our program ultimately play a key role in helping people live healthier lives.

Upon graduation, our students are well positioned to pursue advanced study in health related areas, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and sports medicine, and in graduate programs in athletic training and exercise physiology. They are also prepared for career opportunities in health education, cardiac rehabilitation, advanced personal training, health and fitness trainers, weight management consulting, and strength and conditioning.

Physical Therapists examine, evaluate, diagnose and treat people who suffer from physical impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. They play a key role in helping injured and sick individuals improve their movement and manage their pain.

Occupational Therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Ultimately, they help these patients recover or improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

Athletic Trainers specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

Exercise Physiologists develop exercise programs that help patients suffering from chronic disease to improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.

Health and Fitness Trainers lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching.