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Career Opportunities for Exercise Science Majors

Exercise Science is an exciting field that provides a variety of career paths for students. Below are brief videos that provide more detail as to the exciting career possibilities for students.

Overview of Exercise Science Program - This 5 minute video provides a brief overview of the many career paths that exercise science offers to students.

Athletic Training
- are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- work with patients who have been diagnosed with asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, angina, coronary artery disease, heart attack and other conditions.

Exercise Psychology
- work with the general public to increase motivation and participation in exercise, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and advising on the psychosocial benefits that exercise can offer.

Exercise Science
- An exercise physiologist studies the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity. They can apply this knowledge to improve or maintain health, fitness or performance.

Occupational Therapy
- Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

Physical Therapist
- Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries.

– will prepare students to attend professional schools in medicine, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant.

Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Their role is to develop and supervise specific conditioning programs to increase athletic performance such as speed, agility, strength, endurance, flexibility and power. Positions usually require a master’s degree and certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

exercise science
Maria Fernandez-del-Valle, Ph.D.,
2012 Universidad Europea de Madrid
Brianne Guilford, Ph.D.,
2013, University of Kansas Medical Center 

Erik Kirk (Chair), Ph.D.,
2004, University of Kansas
Lindsay Ross-Stewart, Ph.D., 2009, University of North Dakota

Bryan Smith, Ph.D.,
2004, University of Missouri

Benjamin Webb, Ph.D., 2014, The Pennsylvania State University

Joshua Wooten Ph.D,
2008, Texas Women's University
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