University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Careers in Exercise and Movement Science

Careers in Exercise and Movement Science

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Who Employs Exercise and Movement Science Majors?

  • Community Organizations
    Health maintenance, exercise programs
  • Corporations & Industry
    Employee fitness programs, spas, health clubs
  • Rehabilitation Programs
    Cardiac rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, preventative medicine

Where does a degree in exercise and movement science lead?

Exercise and movement science students pursue careers as research scientists, rehabilitation specialists, employee fitness instructors, exercise professionals in clinical settings and more. Students also go on to advanced study in physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and other science-related fields.

What are some potential career paths for an exercise and movement science major?

Exercise Physiologist

  • Nature of the Work: Exercise physiologists design and manage individual and group fitness programs. They also work with health care teams to apply physical activity in clinical situations. They may work for corporations, medical centers or community-based organizations.
  • Job Outlook: The National Bureau of Labor Statistics does not compile job outlook data for exercise physiologists.
  • Read More: Learn about the day-to-day life of an exercise physiologist in an article in the BLS Occupational Outlook Quarterly.

Fitness Specialist

  • Nature of the Work: Fitness specialists instruct individuals or groups in cardiovascular exercise and strength training. They are employed at health clubs, hospitals, yoga and Pilates studios, resorts, and clients' homes. Some fitness specialists direct workplace health and fitness programs. Others become personal trainers.
  • Job Outlook: Employment of fitness workers is expected to increase by 24 percent from 2010-20, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aging baby boomers and parents' concern about childhood obesity are factors in this job growth.

Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • Nature of the Work: Strength and conditioning specialists are professionals who "apply knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance," according to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). They design training and conditioning programs, conduct testing sessions, and consult on nutrition and injury prevention.
  • Job Opportunities: Many colleges and universities with high profile athletic programs hire strength and conditioning specialists to work with athletes year-round. Opportunities also exist with Olympic training programs and private health facilities.

Corporate Wellness Director

  • Nature of the Work: Corporate wellness directors design and implement fitness programs for employees, consult on proper nutrition and stress management, and educate about the benefits of health in the workplace. The goal is to improve the health and well-being of workers in the organization.

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