Career Outlook - Online Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

A Wide Range of Exercise Science Careers

You can pursue several potential career paths with an online bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Saint Mary.

Graduating with your online exercise degree also helps you pursue highly sought-after certifications like the NSCA’S Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and the ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Plus, you can pursue graduate education in areas such physical therapy and occupational therapy to expand your career possibilities even further.

Exercise Physiologist, $50,280

As an exercise physiologist, you’d be responsible for developing fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from illness and chronic conditions. Your role would be to improve overall health through those programs and health education. Also, you might work closely with primary care physicians to develop individualized plans that meet patients’ goals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is projected to grow 11% by 2029.1

Fitness Trainer or Instructor, $40,510

In a role as a fitness trainer or instructor, you would lead and motivate people in exercise activities. What that looks like will depend on if you have a specialty, like being a personal fitness trainer, group fitness trainer, specialized fitness trainer (like Pilates or yoga), or fitness director. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this field is projected to grow 15% by 2029.2

Additional roles for the B.S. in Exercise Science include:

  • Clinical exercise specialist
  • Corporate fitness director/manager
  • Movement specialist
  • Public health advocate
  • Sport performance coach
  • Strength and conditioning coach

Applicable Skills: Be an Asset to Your Employer

When you complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Accurately evaluate health-related fitness components.
  • Instruct participants in the use of fitness equipment and testing procedures.
  • Evaluate fitness assessment data and make appropriate fitness recommendations.
  • Recognize the overall precautions to prevent sport injuries.
  • Provide basic steps to care for sport injuries.
  • Design a strength and conditioning program based on an individual’s fitness levels.
  • Evaluate postural and movement dysfunctions using appropriate assessment techniques.
  • Utilize movement assessment outcomes to implement corrective exercise solutions.
  • Demonstrate procedures used to assess motor development.
  • Develop exercise plans for individuals with common chronic medical conditions and physical impairments.

Want to learn more about the career outlook for the University of Saint Mary online B.S. in Exercise Science program? Request more information or call us at 877-307-4915 to speak to an admissions adviser.

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/exercise-physiologists.htm

2 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/fitness-trainers-and-instructors.htm