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Finding a Job with a Degree in Exercise Science

It is unlikely that you have heard of, or will find a job titled, “Exercise Scientist” or Kinesiologist”. However, there are many jobs available for individuals who have prepared themselves with a college degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. Jobs currently held by recent graduates include:

Personal fitness trainer/instructor:

  • Chain fitness clubs (i.e., Gold’s, Crunch, 24 Hour Fitness, etc.)
  • Locally-owned fitness clubs
  • Self-owned fitness clubs
  • University fitness facilities
  • Resorts and spas
  • Medical fitness facilities

Strength and conditioning coach/specialist:

  • High school
  • Community college
  • University
  • Professional
  • Olympic training centers


  • High school – science classes, sport coaches
  • Community college – kinesiology, science classes
  • University – kinesiology

Other Jobs Include:

  • Management of fitness clubs/facilities
  • Water aerobics instructor
  • Worksite/employee wellness-health promotion programs
  • Clinical exercise physiologist – cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings (usually in a hospital)

A degree in exercise science is often pursued by individuals who are attempting to meet pre-requisite course and degree requirements for admission to graduate or professional training programs. Some of the jobs that require this professional training after earning a degree in exercise science, include:

  • Medicine/physician
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Prosthetic/orthotic fabrication specialist