Exercise and Sport Science

The sports and fitness field is a multibillion-dollar industry with career opportunities in a variety of areas. According to Sports Career Finder, sports jobs are in high demand. Career Finder also states that the health and fitness business continues to be one of the largest job markets available.  People who are good leaders, teachers and communicators are good candidates for sports and fitness careers. Students majoring in the Sports and Fitness Concentration will be prepared for the following career opportunities:

  • Sport Specific Trainer - These trainers run elite athletes through plyometric and balance exercises to enhance their speed and agility with respect to their sport. Students will need to pass an exam to be certified by the National Federation of  Professional Trainers
  • Fitness Leader – Usually operate in group situations in gyms, where they lead some kind of choreographed aerobic or weight-training, meeting in a class setting.  Students will need to pass an exam to be certified by the National Federation of  Professional Trainers
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach - Develop year-around strength and conditioning programs for student-athletes, if at the college level, as well as determining appropriate sports-specific regimens, dietary needs, and overseeing weight training facilities..
  • Personal Trainer - Personal trainers work one-on-one with clients either in a gym or in the client's home. Personal trainers help clients assess their level of physical fitness and set and reach fitness goals.  Students will need to pass the CPT exam to be certified by the National Federation of  Professional Trainers
  • Sports Nutritionist – Coach athletes and clients on proper nutrition to enhance performance 
  • Sports and fitness administrators - direct and manage health clubs, spas and fitness centers
  • Equipment managers and managers for sporting teams
  • Stadium and arena managers
  • Sports statisticians
  • Sports Sales and management
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Kinesiologist