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Exercise physiology

Careers in exercise physiology

As an exercise physiologist, you teach individuals exercises to help them to improve their long-term health and reach their fitness or sporting goals.

You can work in sports medicine assisting athletes with injury prevention or management in a major sporting code or in a sporting institute. You could also work in the fitness industry assisting clients to develop their fitness and improve their health and wellbeing.

You may work as part of an allied health team in a clinical setting to assist patients of all ages to manage their medical conditions. You may specialise in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention or better management of chronic diseases, disabilities and injuries.

With further study you could also work in research or in a health promotion role promoting the benefits of sport and exercise in the community.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in exercise physiology:

  • Organising and planning skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills for individual consultations and group education
  • An ability to apply peer-reviewed research in a clinical setting
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • High attention to detail

Related roles include:

  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sport Scientist
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Psychologist
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for exercise physiologists at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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