Exercise Science

What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with This Major” guides for kinesiology.

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Coaches and Scouts
  • Dieticians and Nutritionists
  • Fitness Trainers and Instructors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Recreation Workers
  • Recreational Therapists

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information, email  (Exercise Science Department Internship Coordinator),  (Sports Management Coordinator), (Athletic Training Coordinator), or (Physical Education Coordinator).

  • Consider interning abroad! Search for opportunities by using the keyword "internship."
  • TU Department of Kinesiology – Career & Internship Support
  • Fields of internship study may include cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, personal training/fitness, clinical and research, strength and conditioning, health and wellness, and corporate wellness.
  • Log in to Handshake to access Going Global and search for international internships

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample Exercise Science Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Common industry related questions
  • What type of exercise program might you develop for a wheelchair-bound senior and how would you implement the program with the client?
  • How do you plan to assess a new client? What methods have you used for assessing a client’s ability?
  • How might you go about developing an exercise program for a client that is severely obese? What must you take into consideration before beginning?
  • Name three potential injuries, which could result from a strength-training program for seniors. How would you treat or respond to these injuries?
  • What type of exercise program might you develop for a client who is pregnant?
  • Share an experience in which you provided appropriate medical care to a participant in physical distress.
  • Provide an experience in which you recommended an effective method to increase lifestyle physical activity.
  • What factors do you consider when prescribing individualized exercise programs?
  • Describe your experience measuring body fat.


Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.