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Working As An Exercise Physiologist

  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Exercise Physiologist Do

Exercise physiologists develop fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.

Duties

Exercise physiologists typically do the following:

  • Analyze a patient’s medical history to determine the best possible exercise and fitness regimen for the patient
  • Perform fitness and stress tests with medical equipment and analyze the resulting patient data
  • Measure blood pressure, oxygen usage, heart rhythm, and other key patient health indicators
  • Develop exercise programs to improve patient health
  • Supervise clinical tests to ensure patient safety

Exercise physiologists, sometimes called kinesiotherapists, work to improve overall patient health. Many of their patients suffer from health problems such as cardiovascular disease or pulmonary (lung) disease. Exercise physiologists provide health education and exercise plans to improve key health indicators.

Some physiologists work closely with primary care physicians, who may prescribe exercise regiments for their patients and refer them to exercise physiologists. The physiologists then work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that will help the patients meet their health and fitness goals.

Exercise physiologists should not be confused with fitness trainers and instructors (including personal trainers) or athletic trainers.

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How To Become An Exercise Physiologist

Exercise physiologists typically need at least a bachelor’s degree. Degree programs include science and health-related courses, such as biology, anatomy, kinesiology, and nutrition, as well as clinical work.

Education

Exercise physiologists typically need at least a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree programs also are common. Both degree programs include courses in science and health-related subjects, such as biology, anatomy, kinesiology, and nutrition, as well as clinical work. In 2015, there were about 50 exercise programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

High school students interested in postsecondary exercise physiology programs should take courses in anatomy, physiology, and physics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Louisiana is the only state that requires exercise physiologists to be licensed, although many states have pending legislation to create formal licensure requirements.

The American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) offers the Exercise Physiologist Certified (EPC) certification, which physiologists can use to demonstrate their qualifications. Certification requires graduation with a relevant bachelor’s degree and coursework, completing the ASEP exam, and taking continuing education courses every 5 years.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) also offers certifications for exercise physiologists: the Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) credential for candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (RCEP) for candidates with a master’s degree. Candidates also must have at least 400 or 600 hours of supervised clinical experience for the CEP and RCEP credential, respectively, and pass an exam.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Exercise physiologists work with patients who may be in considerable pain or discomfort. Therefore, they must be sympathetic while providing treatments and developing individualized exercise programs for the patients.

Decisionmaking skills. Exercise physiologists must be able to make informed clinical decisions because those decisions could affect the health or livelihood of patients.

Detail oriented. Exercise physiologists must be able to record detailed, accurate information about their patients’ conditions and about any progress the patients make. For example, they must ensure that patients are completing the appropriate stress tests or practicing the correct fitness regimen.

Interpersonal skills. Exercise physiologists must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to manage difficult situations. They must be able to communicate well with others, including physicians, patients, and patients’ families.

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Average Yearly Salary
$78,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$162,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Aurora Health Care
Highest Paying City
Lakewood, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does an Exercise Physiologist make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Exercise Physiologist in the United States is $78,658 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $163,000.

Real Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cardiac Electrophysiologist Michigan Healthcare Professionals, P.C. Pontiac, MI Aug 31, 2016 $215,000
Cardiac Electrophysiologist University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation Madison, WI Jul 01, 2014 $177,395 -
$260,875
Exercise Physiologist Cello International Tennis Academy Fairfield, CA Aug 19, 2015 $104,350
Senior Exercise Physiologist Bukhman Md PC New York, NY Sep 27, 2013 $93,915
Exercise Physiologist Cello International Tennis Academy Fairfield, CA Aug 19, 2013 $83,480
Exercise Physiologist Bukhman Md PC New York, NY Sep 19, 2013 $73,045
Exercise Physiologist Complete Spinal Physical Therapy and Chiropractic, PLLC New York, NY Jan 05, 2015 $73,045
Exercise Physiologist New York Methodist Hospital New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $73,045
Exercise Physiologist-Pilates Manager Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center Princeton, NJ Apr 30, 2015 $70,958
Exercise Physiologist Crunch, LLC New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $67,358
Exercise Physiologist-Pilates Manager Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center Princeton, NJ May 01, 2013 $62,610
Exercise Physiologist St. Agnes Healthcare, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 09, 2016 $52,062
Exercise Physiologist Sun Valley Specialty Healthcare CA Sep 11, 2015 $51,132
Exercise Physiologist Ritestep Rehab Solutions, LLC Troy, MI Sep 15, 2015 $50,000
Exercise Physiologist National Therapy Services LLC. MI Sep 30, 2016 $49,171
Exercise Physiologist National Therapy Services LLC. Madison Heights, MI Sep 30, 2016 $49,171
Exercise Physiologist NYC Healthcare Staffing, LLC NY Oct 01, 2013 $49,045
Exercise Physiologist NYC Healthcare Staffing, LLC New Rochelle, NY Sep 20, 2013 $48,001
Exercise Physiologist Believing Recovery Center Inc. Tampa, FL Sep 16, 2014 $46,218
Exercise Physiologist St. Mark's World, Inc. Middletown, NY Sep 01, 2015 $46,010
Exercise Physiologist Alliedmedix Resources, Inc. Islandia, NY Aug 25, 2015 $45,956
Exercise Physiologist Alliedmedix Resources, Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 16, 2015 $45,956
Exercise Physiologist Alliedmedix Resources, Inc. Hillsdale, NY Sep 16, 2015 $45,956
Exercise Physiologist Dynamic Physical Therapy Services NY Jul 01, 2015 $45,956

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Top Skills for An Exercise Physiologist

  1. Blood Pressure
  2. Heart Rate
  3. Pulmonary Patients
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  • Administered health risk assessments by providing blood pressures, weights, measurements, and registration for multiple corporate clients.
  • Monitored blood pressures, capillary oxygen levels, and heart rate during pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Provided individualized exercise sessions for inpatient cardiac and pulmonary patients, which increased tolerance for activities for daily living.
  • Record and monitor exercise blood pressure, heart rate and EKG during and after testing.
  • Provided patient care with departmental responsibility for staff supervision while maintaining duties of an exercise physiologist.

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  6. Hawaii
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Exercise Physiologist Demographics

Gender

Female

50.8%

Male

41.4%

Unknown

7.8%
Ethnicity

White

64.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.1%

French

4.8%

Swedish

3.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Ukrainian

1.6%

German

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Welsh

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Serbian

1.6%

Thai

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Exercise Physiologist Education

Schools

Central Michigan University

10.8%

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

9.2%

California University of Pennsylvania

8.6%

Georgia State University

6.2%

West Virginia University

5.5%

Temple University

4.6%

Oakland University

4.6%

Marshall University

4.5%

Eastern Illinois University

4.5%

Adelphi University

4.5%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.3%

Eastern Michigan University

4.1%

Michigan State University

3.9%

William Paterson University of New Jersey

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

3.6%

Ohio University -

3.4%

Texas Woman's University

3.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.4%

Ball State University

3.4%
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Majors

Kinesiology

45.4%

Exercise Physiology

21.8%

Nursing

5.1%

Health Education

4.1%

Business

3.1%

Physical Therapy

2.7%

Health And Wellness

2.2%

Physician Assistant

2.2%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Public Health Education

1.5%

Education

1.4%

Health Sciences And Services

1.3%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.2%

Medicine

1.2%

Public Health

1.1%

Rehabilitation Science

1.0%

Medical Technician

0.9%

Management

0.9%

Food And Nutrition

0.8%

Elementary Education

0.7%
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Degrees

Masters

43.9%

Bachelors

41.1%

Other

6.7%

Doctorate

3.5%

Associate

3.1%

Certificate

1.2%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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