Exercise Science Career Outlook
A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. Includes instruction in biomechanics, motor behavior, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, and related analytical methods and procedures in applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a exercise science major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As an exercise science major, students may develop or advance skills including analytical thinking, problem resolution, communication, collaboration, instructing, monitoring, service orientation, evidence-based research, and scientific writing.
Graduates with a degree in exercise science can work as Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer, Sports Performance Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Recreation Manager, Community Program Director, Group Fitness Instructor, Clinical Exercise Specialist, or Camp Director.
Graduates with a degree in exercise science can work within the following areas: cardiac rehabilitation, corporate wellness, research, sports medicine, physical fitness, healthcare, program development, sales, or exercise physiology.
Note: Students pursuing various post-baccalaureate degrees in careers such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, athletic training and physician assistant will require additional prerequisites.
Graduates with a degree in exercise science can work for health clinics, fitness centers, nursing/rehabilitation facilities, correctional facilities, resorts, cruise lines, community centers, colleges/universities, corporations, sports facilities, professional sports teams, or athletic associations.
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Advocate Health
- All Cruise Jobs
- Anytime Fitness
- Athletico Physical Therapy
- ATI Physical Therapy
- Charter Fitness
- Edward-Elmhurst Health
- Genesis Rehab
- Illinois Bone and Joint Institute
- LA Fitness
- Planet Fitness
- Presence Health
- Renewal Rehab
- Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
- Smith Village
- XSport Fitness
- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
- American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Council on Exercise
- American Fitness Professionals and Associates
- American Occupational Therapy Association
- American Physical Therapy Association
- American Sports & Fitness Association
- Association for Applied Sports Psychology
- Federation of Professional Trainers
- International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association
- National Athletic Trainers’ Association
- National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
- National Strength and Condition Association
- SXU Exercise Science and Sports and Fitness Administration Club