Careers with an Exercise Science degree

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Exercise science is the study of how exercise affects the human body on all levels - from the physical to psychological. A degree in exercise science may be qualification for, or a first step toward, a broad range of career options.

Career Personal Trainer Coach Physical Therapist Sports Medicine Physician
Required Education High school diploma; degree is becoming common Bachelor's degree Doctoral degree
Other Requirements Certification Licensure; optional certification available Licensure; optional board certification
Projected Job Growth* 13% (fitness trainers and instructors) 15% (coaches and scouts) 36% 18% (physicians and surgeons)
Median Salary (2013)* $33, 020 (fitness trainers and aerobics instructors) $29, 150 (coaches and scouts) $81, 030 $176, 530 (family and general practitioners)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Personal Trainer

Personal trainers develop and implement exercise plans to suit the fitness goals and needs of their clients. These programs are designed with consideration for the client's age, physical ability and any additional health issues. The exercise program can also include a dietary component that is developed by the trainer. In addition to a degree in exercise science, personal trainers often earn certification through organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and American Council on Exercise.

Personal trainers can be hired by private gyms, sports clubs and universities to help clients, students and athletes. Trainers can also be self-employed private trainers who are hired by individual clients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fitness trainers and aerobic instructors earned a median annual salary of $33, 020, as of May 2013 (

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