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Exercise Physiologist



Design workouts for special clients like athletes or accident victims.

Salary Range

$49,090 - $78,410

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

What does an Exercise Physiologist do?

The job of an exercise physiologist may seem in many ways to be like that of a personal trainer. Like a trainer, an exercise physiologist creates customized workout plans, shows clients how to work different machines and perform specialized exercises, and monitors the health of clients. The big difference is that exercise physiologists work mainly with clients who need injury or illness rehab or prevention, and athletes, making sure they don’t overstress their bodies while still continuing to train hard.

Your work environment varies; you might work in a hospital, wellness, or recreation center, with a group of clients or just one. Wherever you find work, your job is to create an exercise plan to help your clients heal their injuries. This might mean working on flexibility, rehabilitating a torn ACL, or teaching general health and diet improvement.

To do this you first listen to your client’s desires and then translate those into a workout and diet plan. From there you teach any new exercises and eating habits you want them to adapt to make the lifestyle changes they desire. Along the way, you’ll keep a close record of your client’s progress as well as monitoring them while they work out keeping an eye on things like blood pressure, strength, and heart rate.

For this position, you need to know about different exercises and diets so you can pick the right combination for each client. A professional athlete who wants to eat more protein has different needs than a patient learning how to workout after heart surgery. And since new things are being confirmed daily about nutrition and health, this position will keep you learning.

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