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
10.14.2019
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is committed to improving the health of our community by providing exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton is seeking a part-time,...
10.16.2019
The Clinical Exercise Physiologist works in the application of physical activity and behavioral interventions for clinical diseases and health conditions that have been shown to provide therapeutic and/or functional benefit, including but not...
10.16.2019
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Per Diem M-F, dept open 630a-7p, shifts typically 8 - 10 hrs/shift, Days/Evenings Req # 68243 Position Summary Provides quality patient care to...
10.03.2019
OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY Develop, coordinate and implement exercise related programs including marketing, research, and internships. Provide exercise-related education for patients and the community. Responsible for all exercise science standards...
10.14.2019
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
10.14.2019
The Exercise Physiologist is responsible for providing the members of HealthPoint with exceptional health services in the areas of fitness assessment exercise programming and guidance. Developing, implementing and promoting fitness and wellness...
10.14.2019
Job Number: 00171412 Location: Nampa, ID Organization Name: Saint Alphonsus Health System Facility: SAHS Nampa Campus Employment Type: Part time Shift: Day Shift Hours: 0 At Saint Alphonsus Health System, we are looking for people who...
09.10.2019
Under the direction of the Nurse Practitioner and supervising Physician, assumes responsibility for all aspects of exercise and chemical stress testing. Description: Monitor and evaluate EKG tracings before, during and after exercise testing....
10.14.2019
Pharmacy - Inpatient Pharmacy Full Time, VariableRequisition # 24850 About the Opportunity Compounds and dispenses prescribed drugs in a healthcare facility environment. Also responsible for transferring prescriptions, handling incoming...
09.30.2019
OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY 8-12 hoursGuaranteeda week with the ability to increase hours.(Midday & Flexible) Night and Weekend Availability Necessary Aquatic Group Fitness Instruction Land Group Fitness Instruction Clinical Exercise Oversight...
10.14.2019
The Clinical Exercise Tech will assist the Exercise Physiologist in the prescription, implementation and supervision of exercise therapy in both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. In addition to direct patient contact, the Clinical Exercise...
10.02.2019
Under the direction of the Nurse Practitioner and supervising Physician, assumes responsibility for all aspects of exercise and chemical stress testing. Description: Monitor and evaluate EKG tracings before, during and after exercise testing....
01.22.2019
Supervises and leads therapeutic exercise sessions for participants Records exercise responses and adverse reactions or clinical problems Participates in education and behavior modification Description: Records blood pressures, observes...
10.16.2019
The Exercise Specialist role will float at between the Heart and Vascular facilities; North, South and East. Duties Provides direct care to cardiac rehabilitation patients for restoring functional capacity by assuring safe and appropriate...
10.02.2019
Our Exercise Specialist provides treatment, based upon assessment and evaluation, for apparently healthy individuals, individuals with predisposition to chronic disease, and individuals with chronic disease. Will perform orientation, health...
  1. Exercise Physiologist Milton, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton
    Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is committed to improving the health of our community by providing exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton is seeking a part-time,...
  2. CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health
    The Clinical Exercise Physiologist works in the application of physical activity and behavioral interventions for clinical diseases and health conditions that have been shown to provide therapeutic and/or functional benefit, including but not...
  3. Clinical Exercise Physiologist Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
    Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Per Diem M-F, dept open 630a-7p, shifts typically 8 - 10 hrs/shift, Days/Evenings Req # 68243 Position Summary Provides quality patient care to...
  4. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST Durham, NC Duke Health
    OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY Develop, coordinate and implement exercise related programs including marketing, research, and internships. Provide exercise-related education for patients and the community. Responsible for all exercise science standards...
  5. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST- PRN Durham, NC Duke Health
    Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
  6. Exercise Physiologist - HealthPoint Center (Pawleys Island, SC) Myrtle Beach, SC Tidelands Health
    The Exercise Physiologist is responsible for providing the members of HealthPoint with exceptional health services in the areas of fitness assessment exercise programming and guidance. Developing, implementing and promoting fitness and wellness...
  7. Exercise Physiologist On-Call In Nampa Boise, ID Saint Alphonsus Health System
    Job Number: 00171412 Location: Nampa, ID Organization Name: Saint Alphonsus Health System Facility: SAHS Nampa Campus Employment Type: Part time Shift: Day Shift Hours: 0 At Saint Alphonsus Health System, we are looking for people who...
  8. Nuclear Medicine Exercise Physiologist Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Under the direction of the Nurse Practitioner and supervising Physician, assumes responsibility for all aspects of exercise and chemical stress testing. Description: Monitor and evaluate EKG tracings before, during and after exercise testing....
  9. Exercise Physiologist Coeur d'Alene, ID Kootenai Health
    Pharmacy - Inpatient Pharmacy Full Time, VariableRequisition # 24850 About the Opportunity Compounds and dispenses prescribed drugs in a healthcare facility environment. Also responsible for transferring prescriptions, handling incoming...
  10. EXERCISE SPECIALIST Durham, NC Duke Health
    OCCUPATIONAL SUMMARY 8-12 hoursGuaranteeda week with the ability to increase hours.(Midday & Flexible) Night and Weekend Availability Necessary Aquatic Group Fitness Instruction Land Group Fitness Instruction Clinical Exercise Oversight...
  11. Clinical Exercise Tech Portland, ME MaineHealth
    The Clinical Exercise Tech will assist the Exercise Physiologist in the prescription, implementation and supervision of exercise therapy in both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. In addition to direct patient contact, the Clinical Exercise...
  12. Nuclear Medicine Exercise Physiologist / Per Diem Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Under the direction of the Nurse Practitioner and supervising Physician, assumes responsibility for all aspects of exercise and chemical stress testing. Description: Monitor and evaluate EKG tracings before, during and after exercise testing....
  13. Cardiac/Rehab Physiologist Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Supervises and leads therapeutic exercise sessions for participants Records exercise responses and adverse reactions or clinical problems Participates in education and behavior modification Description: Records blood pressures, observes...
  14. Exercise Specialist Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Exercise Specialist role will float at between the Heart and Vascular facilities; North, South and East. Duties Provides direct care to cardiac rehabilitation patients for restoring functional capacity by assuring safe and appropriate...
  15. Exercise Specialist Mattoon, IL Sarah Bush Lincoln
    Our Exercise Specialist provides treatment, based upon assessment and evaluation, for apparently healthy individuals, individuals with predisposition to chronic disease, and individuals with chronic disease. Will perform orientation, health...