Careers in Exercise Science

Exercise science degree jobs & career outlook

A career in exercise science will allow you the opportunity to lead and motivate clients in group or individual training settings.

Of course, career opportunities will vary depending on your level of experience and whether you earn an associate or bachelor’s degree. Below is a list of related positions, provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition.*

Exercise Science Job Descriptions

  • Personal fitness trainers work with individuals or small groups of clients. Personal fitness trainers may work in a gym setting or out of a client’s home. Personal fitness trainers assess the clients and assist them in reaching fitness goals.
  • Group fitness instructors conduct group sessions that can include aerobic exercise, stretching, muscle conditioning or meditation. Group fitness instructors will often choose music and choreography that accompany the exercise sequence.
  • Specialized fitness instructors focus on conditioning methods such as Pilates or yoga. Specialized fitness instructors will teach and observe moves or positions required of the particular method.
  • Fitness directors serve in a leadership role within a gym or health club, often overseeing the fitness functions. Their job duties can include administrative duties and ordering fitness equipment. This position generally requires a graduate level degree, such as a Master of Science in health fitness management.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook at

Exercise Science Job Outlook

Your career opportunities may differ depending on whether you earn an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in exercise science or a related field. Fitness trainer and instructor jobs are expected to grow by 13 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Prepare for an Exercise Science Career

Globe University offers students the opportunity to choose from online or on-campus exercise science degrees. At Globe University, we offer the following exercise science degrees: