While most undergraduate alumni go on to professional school, including medical, dental, physician assistant, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more, the integration of preventive medicine into healthcare is expanding employment opportunities for educated exercise physiologists.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites a growth rate of 13% between 2020 and 2030, a rate faster than the national average. The median US salary for an exercise physiologist in May 2020 was $50,280/year.
Opportunities exist to work with athletes, patients, and healthy participants in the areas of disease prevention and rehabilitation in a variety of medical settings, including:
- Rehabilitation centers
- Outpatient clinics
- Corporate, community, and commercial wellness and fitness centers
- Nursing homes
- Senior citizens centers
- Research laboratories
- Academic settings
Whether your end goal is immediate employment or continued education, exercise physiology will give you opportunities to fine-tune your skills in areas such as communication, patient care, and analytical and critical thinking.