Physical activity, community health and recreation

The benefits to an individual's health from participating in exercise and sport are now widely known and promoted with both primary and allied health care practitioners recommending exercise to people with chronic diseases such as diabetes. Exercise is also seen as an effective and low cost disease prevention strategy for organisations, communities and governments as a way to reduce the public burden of disease. Deakin Exercise and Sport Science graduates have found employment in a range of health-related occupations such as:

  • weight management
  • health coaching
  • government
  • sales and marketing
  • private sector
  • corporate health
  • health insurance

Job titles/roles

Exercise Physiologist, Health Promotion Officer, Project Officer, Project Development/Advisory, Community Health Worker, Health Coach (personal, group, community, organisational), Sales Representative for health food/drugs/pharmaceuticals and equipment.


Government agencies (local, state, federal), community health centres, hospitals, medical clinics, health in the workplace, corporate health, health spas/resorts (private sector), health insurance companies.

Professional associations

Many of the health occupations have professional associations that support the ongoing development of careers beyond university.

Suggested major sequences

If you are interested in a career in health you can choose from our suggested major sequences:

  • Physical activity and health
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sports nutrition
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Health promotion
  • Family, society and health

Graduate profiles

Ms Natasha Hampson (PDF, 38.2KB) Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) - now Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science - graduated 2005.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) (Honours) - now Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) - graduated 2006.

Expert in the field

Dr Brad Aisbett is a lecturer within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

Read Dr Aisbett's full interview on the types of health careers available (PDF, 51.5KB).

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