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 include certification courses, master’s programs, and doctorate programs.

What setting do you want to be working in?
Some common options are a clinical setting, gym, or nursing home.

Who do you want to be working with?
Consider athletes, pediatrics, and the elderly.

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In order to discover and decide on the best fit, there are a few opportunities you can seek out. By getting more involved, you will be able to determine 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 if you’re interested, consider the following:

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP):
Have you ever had 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:
Conveniently located on campus, RSOP (Recreational Sports Outdoor Program) offers a certification for both personal training and group fitness through National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).

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

Exercise Science Club:
The club holds monthly events and meetings to spread knowledge 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 a special interest concentration. Talk with an Exercise Science faculty member to determine which concentration is best for you.

Here are a few examples of areas Exercise Science majors have gone into:

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

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

Of Possible Interest:
Exercise Science at UMD
What UMD grads in Exercise Science are doing
What can I do with a major in Exercise Science? – UNC Wilmington
Choosing a Major – all our blog posts on the topic
Turn Your Major Into a Career – our Pinterest board filled with articles & resources

Read Justine’s other posts

Photo source: Unsplash | Arek Adeoye

Updated: July 2020

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