Health, Physical Education, & Recreation (HPER)
Exercise Science Concentration
Exercise Science is the newest of our professional options in the
Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation at the University
of North Alabama. Many of our graduates will seek Exercise
Physiologist positions. This degree is also a good choice of college
preparation for entry into a Physical Therapy and Occupational
Therapy graduate program.
Exercise physiologists in non-clinical settings like fitness centers are
usually generalists, working with people who are at varying levels of fitness. Clinical exercise physiologists,
however, often specialize in exercise physiology for people with specific medical problems like cardiovascular,
immunological, neuromuscular, or pulmonary conditions.
What do they do? Exercise physiologists design exercise programs and teach clients to follow them.
Specializations: Cardiovascular, immunological, neuromuscular, or pulmonary conditions.
Preferred education: Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, exercise physiology, kinesiology, or movement science. A master's degree is valuable.
Certification & licensing: Certification is often required by employers. With additional certifications the young job seeker can get ahead and likely move into fitness-center or clinic management positions.
Skills & knowledge: Physical strength, motivating others, knowledge of human anatomy & physiology, knowledge of exercises & exercise equipment, designing a variety of exercise programs for all ages and abilities of clients.
Where they work: Fitness centers, athletic clubs, clinics, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness/wellness programs.
Job outlook: Fairly competitive; sports-related careers are extremely popular.
Look for work: Link to job banks and other job search resources.
Earnings: Usually in the $35,000-$45,000 range.