career opportunities

Rising Demand

Americans lead increasingly sedentary lifestyles, which are considered primary risk factors for many causes of morbidity and mortality. Helping people to stay physically active can prevent or delay some diseases, including some cancers, heart disease and diabetes. Activity also relieves depression and improves mood.

In the past two decades, the number of overweight and obese Americans has increased to the point of what some call an epidemic – see this animated map that shows the United States obesity prevalence from 1985 through 2008.

Consequently, there is an increased demand for professionals with expertise in the exercise sciences. Clinical settings include cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation facilities, research laboratories, and other health-related centers. Opportunities also exist in corporate fitness centers, fitness and wellness facilities, athletic programs, and non-profit organizations.

Careers in Exercise and Sport Science

Athletic Training graduates have careers in educational settings such as the College of St. Rose and North Carolina State University. Others work in sports medicine clinics or with professional sports teams, including the Boston Celtics. Many choose to further their education by attending graduate or medical school.

Exercise Science graduates who do not immediately seek employment in the professional sector often continue their education at a graduate level in physical therapy, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, health and fitness studies, and physician assistant programs.

Our graduates have been employed in a variety of desirable positions such as head strength and conditioning coordinator for the United States Olympic Committee, physician assistant in cardiology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, exercise specialist at Fitcorp, pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator at Valley Regional Hospital and exercise physiologist for the Center for Lifestyle and Clinical Research.

Sport Management graduates are engaged in diverse sport careers in such professional organizations as the Indianapolis Colts, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Portland Pirates. Collegiate settings include Villanova University, Rivier College, Long Island University, and the University of Southern Maine.

Sport and recreation establishments include Jellystone Park, Brevard County Parks and Recreation, the YMCA of Greater Boston, U.S. Naval Academy Youth Center, and Völkl Sport America. Business settings include RockShox, Red Sox Club House, New Balance Athletic Shoe, and Sport Zone.

Other students have chosen to attend graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado, University of Connecticut, Ohio University, Indiana State University, and University of New Hampshire, among other institutions.