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Exercise science

Careers in exercise science

As an exercise scientist you work with elite athletes and their coaches to improve the athlete's performance. You use scientific testing to enhance training programs and equipment for athletes.

In a clinical and community settings you develop exercise programs to assist patients with medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, respiratory disease and depression. Patient rehabilitation after serious accidents is another area of specialisation you might consider.

Some large organisations also consult with exercise scientist to minimise the risk of health and safety issues in the workplace. Some specialisations may require further study.

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Skills and attributes

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

  • 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
  • Technical laboratory skills

Related roles include:

  • Sport Scientist
  • Coach/Development  Officer
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Fitness Centre Manager
  • Fitness Trainer
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Salary and job outlook

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

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

Professional associations are an invaluable connection to industry information, networking and professional development opportunities. Most offer student membership discounts. Follow the link to search for professional associations related to your course.

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