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Exercise Physiologist

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Exercise Physiologists Career Video

About This Career

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

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Develops exercise programs to improve participant strength, flexibility, endurance, or circulatory functioning, in accordance with exercise science standards, regulatory requirements, and credentialing requirements.
  • Provides emergency or other appropriate medical care to participants with symptoms or signs of physical distress.
  • Demonstrates correct use of exercise equipment or performance of exercise routines.
  • Recommends methods to increase lifestyle physical activity.
  • Prescribes individualized exercise programs, specifying equipment, such as treadmill, exercise bicycle, ergometers, or perceptual goggles.
  • Interprets exercise program participant data to evaluate progress or identify needed program changes.
  • Provides clinical oversight of exercise for participants at all risk levels.
  • Explains exercise program or physiological testing procedures to participants.
  • Interviews participants to obtain medical history or assess participant goals.
  • Assesses physical performance requirements to aid in the development of individualized recovery or rehabilitation exercise programs.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (EPC)
  • Bariatric Weight Loss Counselor
  • Exercise Specialist


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