Clinical exercise and rehabilitation

Students completing the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree may choose to pursue careers in exercise rehabilitation. Some graduates start work in the rehabilitation area working as personal trainers, allied health assistants or as exercise prescribers for apparently healthy clientele.

Further study (eg Masters) will enable students to become fully accredited Exercise Physiologists with the ability to provide compensable services through Medicare, TAC, DVA, private health insurance, WorkCover etc.

Exercise Physiologists deliver exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, arthritis, and respiratory disease.

Students may also seek careers in other areas of rehabilitation through further study in occupational therapy, physiotherapy (including sports physiotherapy), podiatry and dietetics. Many of these courses offer post graduate courses where the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is well regarded.

Areas of employment

  • government and private rehabilitation centres
  • hospitals with rehabilitation sections
  • community health centres and health services
  • GP clinics
  • sportsmedicine and sport science clinics/centres
  • physiotherapy clinics and services
  • podiatry clinics
  • health and fitness centres
  • private practice
  • workplace ergonomics
  • workplace return to work programs

Job titles/roles

Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist, Allied health assistant, Rehabilitation Consultant, Personal Trainer.


Government and private rehabilitation centres.

Professional associations

Many of the rehabilitation-related occupations have professional associations that support the ongoing development of careers beyond university.

Major sequences

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

  • Exercise sciences - ESSA sequence
  • Exercise physiology

Graduate profile

Donna Francis - completed the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) (now Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science) in 2007. Read Donna's profile on working as an Exercise Physiologist for Southern Health (PDF, 17.0KB).

Expert in the area

Professor Steve Selig is a practicing Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

Read Professor Selig's interview on careers in the area of rehabilitation (PDF, 112.4KB).

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