What does an Exercise Physiologist do?

An exercise physiologist is responsible for developing a fitness plan for an individual recovering from an injury or illness. They are responsible for ensuring that the patient can increase their mobility. A few of the main duties of an exercise physiologist are assessing a patient's needs, consulting patients on a best plan of action, developing exercise programs, and performing fitness tests. They also have to create reports based on a patient's progress Some of the job titles that an exercise physiologist had in the past would be personal trainer and health coach.

An exercise physiologist should have two years of experience in a similar role as well as a Master's degree in exercise physiology. One of the most important skills that an exercise physiologist will have is the ability to connect with patients. Another skill is exercise knowledge as the exercise physiologist will have to create an exercise plan for a patient.

  • Create exercise plans for patients
  • Administer fitness tests
  • Grade overall fitness of a patient
  • Consult patients on a best plan of action
  • Assess a patient's needs
  • Improve the overall health of a patient
  • Maintain accurate records of exercises performed
  • Monitor heart rate during training sessions
  • Master's degree in exercise physiology
  • Ability to create a fitness plan for a patient
  • Ability to administer a fitness test
  • Great attention to detail
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to use EKG equipment
  • Deep knowledge of exercises
  • Ability to sympathize with patients
  • Great interpersonal skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$76,487 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $76K
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Exercise Physiologist Career Path

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Ascension HealthAscension Health
Exercise Physiologist
30 Mar 2021

“pay was not good and they did scale your pay based on years of experience in the field”

Health Coach
10 Sep 2019

“Hours are flexible which is great if you have little ones or go to school.”

Brookdale Senior LivingBrookdale Senior Living
Health and Wellness Director
9 Oct 2019

“I have great support from my superiors and have been given the autonomy my licensure indicates.”

Performance Physical Therapy (RI, MA)Performance Physical Therapy (RI, MA)
Exercise Specialist
10 Aug 2021

“You make great friends with your coworkers and form amazing relationships with the patients you work with.”

Plus One Health ManagementPlus One Health Management
Exercise Specialist
20 Jul 2019

“Being able to have consistent clients on a regular basis for Personal Training was great.”

National Health EducatorsNational Health Educators
Health and Fitness Specialist
23 Aug 2019

“I have a personal training business with a great clientele that I did not want to disband.”

Grand Villa Senior LivingGrand Villa Senior Living
PTA Assistant
22 Sep 2021

“Therapy staff were really welcoming and great to work with.”

HealthCare SupportHealthCare Support
Health Coach
25 Sep 2020

“Helpful and enthusiastic people to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an exercise physiologist

When working as an exercise physiologist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are EEG, Microsoft Windows, Pathogens, Excellent Communication and CPR.

The most similar professions to exercise physiologist are:
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Research Assistant

The most common qualifications to become an exercise physiologist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.