Exercsie Physiologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Exercise Physiologist

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Job Description

 

An exercise physiologist is a health care professional who monitors, documents and analyzes the improvement and maintenance of health and fitness.

In addition to these, exercise physiologists can oversee the results of heart disease rehabilitation and the rehabilitation of other chronic diseases and disabilities.

One of the most important responsibilities of exercise physiologists is guiding and counseling professional and amateur athletes so that these individuals can enhance their performances or recover from injuries.

Exercise physiologists are commonly referred to as personal trainers, but their job description goes far beyond that.

They administer exercise stress tests, evaluate the overall health and fitness of a person and develop a complete exercise program to enhance fitness, strength and endurance.

Sometimes, they are appointed by physicians to develop a customized exercise plan to meet the individual fitness goals of the patient.

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Responsibilities

 

Exercise physiologists are tasked with the analyzing patient health, developing exercise programs, and maintaining patient wellness goals.

This involves performing body composition and BMI examinations, recording accurate data, collaborating with other healthcare professionals in clinical meetings, educating patients and families on fitness programs, providing outreach to hospitals and clinics, and training other staff members in the exercise elements of the field. 

They also work alongside coaching staff members to maximize the effects of their training recommendations by advising them on heart rate monitoring, recovery, hydration, and overtraining.

Exercise physiologists typically work with physiotherapists, dietitians, and sport psychologists.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Exercise physiologists can work in a variety of settings such as colleges, universities, fitness facilities, athletic programs, corporate wellness programs, military training centers, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics.

Additionally, some may find positions as sports managers, exercise directors, program coordinators, or rehabilitation specialists.

Some exercise physiologists are employed by the makers of sports gear and equipment where their expertise becomes invaluable to the development of products.

Some of these physiologists are known to open up their own businesses where they serve as sports or athletic performance consultants.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
03.01.2017
The Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab Exercise Physiologist works with patients challenged with cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases and disorders as well as with apparently healthy populations to enhance quality of life, manage health risk and...
06.26.2017
Purpose and Scope: The exercise Physiologist provides quality participant care through designing, implementing, supervising, and evaluating the physical exercise program in conjunction with the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation nursing staff in...
06.26.2017
- Bachelors degree is required VCU Health System's Medical Fitness Department is seeking a full time Exercise Physiologist. This person assists in administration of cardiopulmonary exercise assessment in order to assess functional capacity of...
06.26.2017
Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
06.26.2017
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Exercise Physiologist performs cardiac rehabilitation functions to facilitate patient cardiac fitness. He/She assesses patients and develops a plan of care with other team members; prepares and adjusts...
06.26.2017
The Exercise Physiologist II is an essential part of the cardiopulmonary health care team and provides care to Cardiopulmonary/Wellness populations in Phase II, III, and IV programs. This position assists in developing and implementing accurate...
06.26.2017
Provides service to members including assessments, exercise programming, education and workout instruction. Assists clinical coordinator in ensuring quality of service and developing/implementing new programs on a daily basis.
06.26.2017
The Exercise Physiologist II delivers direct and indirect, quality patient care utilizing advanced exercise science clinical skill level and knowledge for inpatient and outpatient cardiopulmonary patient populations. He/She assesses, plans,...
06.14.2017
Department: Cardiology A Life-Changing Career Position Summary: Undergraduate students looking for an internship as an exercise physiologist. Student will spend time in both cardiopulmonary stress testing and cardiac rehabilitation, as...
06.26.2017
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
06.26.2017
This positon is responsible for professional care and exercise related assistance to patients in all phases of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The Exercise Specialist will provide direct and indirect patient care in the outpatient setting....
06.26.2017
Under the general direction of the Coordinator, Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation, responsible for Exercise session supervision. Participates in developing and implementing the plan of care for patients in both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation...
06.26.2017
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
03.03.2017
Personal Trainer Duties: Create personalized exercise programs using results from a variety of fitness tests and assessments; supervise each exercise session; track client's progress towards fitness goals and provide basic nutritional...
06.26.2017
The Exercise Specialist provides education and physical activity programs for INTEGRIS Wellness. Evaluates, plans and coordinates exercise programs for clients. Performs all other duties as assigned. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as...
  1. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health Services
    The Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab Exercise Physiologist works with patients challenged with cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases and disorders as well as with apparently healthy populations to enhance quality of life, manage health risk and...
  2. Exercise Physiologist Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Purpose and Scope: The exercise Physiologist provides quality participant care through designing, implementing, supervising, and evaluating the physical exercise program in conjunction with the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation nursing staff in...
  3. Exercise Physiologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Bachelors degree is required VCU Health System's Medical Fitness Department is seeking a full time Exercise Physiologist. This person assists in administration of cardiopulmonary exercise assessment in order to assess functional capacity of...
  4. Exercise Physiologist Boise, ID St. Luke's Health System
    Work where you make a difference! If youre looking for a place where you can grow in your personal life, in your career, and in your community, St. Lukes may be just the place for you. A strong, talented staff is at the heart of St. Lukes...
  5. Exercise Physiologist Pascagoula, MS Singing River Health System
    The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Exercise Physiologist performs cardiac rehabilitation functions to facilitate patient cardiac fitness. He/She assesses patients and develops a plan of care with other team members; prepares and adjusts...
  6. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST II Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
    The Exercise Physiologist II is an essential part of the cardiopulmonary health care team and provides care to Cardiopulmonary/Wellness populations in Phase II, III, and IV programs. This position assists in developing and implementing accurate...
  7. Exercise Physiologist Enid, OK St. Mary's Regional Medical Center
    Provides service to members including assessments, exercise programming, education and workout instruction. Assists clinical coordinator in ensuring quality of service and developing/implementing new programs on a daily basis.
  8. Exercise Physiologist II - Intensive Cardiac Rehab Wilmington, NC New Hanover Regional Medical Center
    The Exercise Physiologist II delivers direct and indirect, quality patient care utilizing advanced exercise science clinical skill level and knowledge for inpatient and outpatient cardiopulmonary patient populations. He/She assesses, plans,...
  9. Clinical Exercise Physiologist Internship - Fall 2017 Job Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic - Rochester
    Department: Cardiology A Life-Changing Career Position Summary: Undergraduate students looking for an internship as an exercise physiologist. Student will spend time in both cardiopulmonary stress testing and cardiac rehabilitation, as...
  10. Exercise Physiologist Nuclear Medicine - Cardiovascular Center Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
  11. Exercise Specialist Smithfield, NC Johnston Health
    This positon is responsible for professional care and exercise related assistance to patients in all phases of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The Exercise Specialist will provide direct and indirect patient care in the outpatient setting....
  12. Exercise Therapist Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Under the general direction of the Coordinator, Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation, responsible for Exercise session supervision. Participates in developing and implementing the plan of care for patients in both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation...
  13. Cardiac Rehab Physiologist Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
  14. Exercise Specialist Gastonia, NC CaroMont Health
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  15. Exercise Specialist Oklahoma City, OK INTEGRIS Health
    The Exercise Specialist provides education and physical activity programs for INTEGRIS Wellness. Evaluates, plans and coordinates exercise programs for clients. Performs all other duties as assigned. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as...