Exercise Physiologist

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Overall Job Description

An exercise physiologist plans fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility.

Major Job Responsibilities

Exercise physiologists have many job responsibilities like...

  • fitness testing of athletes and team members so that an accurate physiological profile of the individual can be kept
  • developing specific fitness training programs to help certain people
  • providing regular monitoring and reassessment of an athlete's training plan
  • Establish a working relationship with coaching staff to maximise the effects of training;
  • educating and advising athletes and coaches on areas such as heart rate monitoring, recovery techniques, hydration strategies, overtraining, acclimatisation and the breaking down of training programs into a cycle of sub-programs
  • providing a test to seek physiological information to enable long-term athletic development
  • working on collaboration with other sport and exercise professionals such as physiotherapists, dietitians, strength and conditioning coaches and sport psychologists
  • producing reports on athletes
  • keeping up to date with on going research for different types of injuries that an athlete can have
  • raising awareness of health and fitness issues and promoting the benefits of sport and exercise
  • attending local, regional and national meetings, seminars and conferences
  • teaching on academic courses

Working Conditions

Exercise physiologists work in health promotion, fitness development, colleges and universities, clinical rehabilitation, and sport and athletic programs.

Current Salary

In Chicago the hourly wage is $27.12 and the yearly wage is $56,400 in 2015.

Education Needed

There is a lot of different types of Education needed to be a exercise physiologist like...

Bachelor's Degree Options

  • Students interested in becoming an exercise physiologist could start by enrolling in a bachelor's degree program in exercise physiology, exercise science or a related major. Many programs require a course that leads to certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). A corriculum also commonly cover topics in the mechanics of body movement, nutrition and fitness concepts.
Master's Degrees

  • Master's degree programs in exercise physiology include research and coursework in statistics. Topics that include major body mechanics, such as the neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary systems, are typically required among core curriculam.

Doctoral Degree Programs

  • Individuals interested in research or teaching could consider earning a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Doctoral programs usually specialize in the practice of exercise physiology within certain populations, such as obese, elderly and pediatric subjects. Many Ph.D. programs include advanced coursework and labs in clinical and applied exercise physiology.

Job Outlooks

Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand may rise as hospitals emphasize exercise and preventive care as part of their treatment and long-term rehabilitation from chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.