What Can You Do With an Exercise Science Degree?

Many Exercise Science career paths are rewarding and offer related majors with different tracks depending on your intended career path. You can study exercise science at the undergraduate and graduate levels and earn an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degrees.

Some common study tracks for an undergrad degree include:

  • Pre-health professional (i.e. pre-physical therapy or pre-physician assistant)
  • Corporate wellness
  • Fitness training
  • Clinical exercise physiology (i.e. cardiac rehabilitation)
  • Human performance
  • Research

Graduate degree course track include:

  • Fitness and wellness
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Human Performance
  • Research
  • Public health

Career options in exercise science

  • With a PhD degree, you can teach, hold research positions in colleges and universities. Also, executive positions in health and fitness industries, in addition to being the chair or department head at hospitals
  • Having a Master degree in ES, you will be qualified for entry to mid-level positions in health care and over time, will lead to more senior-level positions
  • You can become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) with a Bachelor degree in Athletic Training and once you pass the ATC board of certification exam
  • With an Associate degree in Physical Therapy Assisting (PTA), you can hold an entry-level position as a personal trainer of as a group exercise Instructor
By Helen Boyke
Helen Boyke Director of Alumni, Veteran and Graduate Career Development