What Can You Do With an Exercise Science Major?

By: Justine

As a senior Exercise Science major it’s an exciting time to see all my fellow classmates making plans for after graduation.  Exercise Science majors, for the most part, will have a career full of hands-on work with patients or clients helping them to achieve healthy lifestyles.  Most post-graduation plans will take us in all different directions some to graduate programs and some onto full time positions.

For any post graduate plans, there are a few things you should consider:

Do you want to continue on in school?
Continued education opportunities can be certification courses, master’s programs, and doctorate programs.

What setting do you want to be working in?
Clinical, gym, nursing home

Who do you want to be working with?
Athletes, pediatrics, elderly

Girl doing exercises on Morro Strand State Beach

In order to discover what you will most want there are a few opportunities that you can seek out to help you decide.  By getting more involved you will be able to discover what you like most about the Exercise Science field, or possibly what you don’t want to do in the future.  Both are very valuable to learn and to find these opportunities, consider the following:

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP):
Have you ever have a question that previous research hasn’t answered yet?  Talk with a faculty member in Exercise Science and apply for a UROP opportunity to do your own research.  Research abstracts can also be submitted to American College of Sports Medicine to be considered for student research awards.

For-credit internship:
Work at a local Duluth company or in the surrounding area while getting hands-on experience.  Credits can go towards elective credits after approval for your Exercise Science major.

RSOP Personal Training or Group Fitness:
On campus and very convenient, RSOP (Recreational Sports Outdoor Program) offers a certification for both through National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).

Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NACSM):
Semi-annual conference in the Northland region with speakers that cover many topic areas in the field.

Exercise Science Club:
The club holds monthly events and meetings to spread the knowledge of opportunities of what you can do with an Exercise Science major.

If you are looking to get more involved with the Exercise Science major, start by talking with older students and faculty.  If you haven’t already joined the Exercise Science club, there are monthly events that provide opportunities to learn more about the field.  Additionally, an Exercise Science major can specialize in exercise and sport science; health and fitness; or special interest concentration.   Talk with a member of Exercise Science faculty to determine which concentration is best for you depending on what you want to do with your major in the future.

Here are some of the few examples that Exercise Science majors have done:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Athletic Training
  • Cardiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Nursing
  • Medical School
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Pharmacist

Career Services not only helps with deciding on a major but also helps you find out what you can do with your major.  If you are on the career route, Career Services has job and internship listings, practice interviews, and resume and cover letter critiques.  If you are on the graduate school track, Career Services can help with test preparation, personal statements, and interview tips.

For more ideas on what Exercise Science majors can do, look at the Graduate Follow-Up Report to see what past alumni have done with their major.
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