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
05.24.2017
- 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...
05.24.2017
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...
05.24.2017
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...
05.24.2017
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...
05.24.2017
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...
05.12.2017
Masters degree in exercise physiology; ACSM certified; one year experience in rehab setting.
05.24.2017
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.
05.15.2017
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...
05.24.2017
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,...
05.24.2017
- Exercise Physiologist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Cardio Pulmonary Rehab (042807) Job Description Exercise Physiologist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Cardio Pulmonary Rehab(Job Number: 042807) Description Primary Purpose: Apply...
05.24.2017
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...
05.24.2017
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...
05.18.2017
The Group Exercise Leader is responsible for supervision and safety of participants in exercise classes (aerobics, body toning, water aerobics, etc.) He/she will apply knowledge of exercise physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and adult learning...
05.24.2017
Group Exercise Instructor Provides well organized workouts with a variety of routines and patterns. Zumba preferred. Qualifications: National Group Exercise Certification preferred. If applicant does not have National certification, it...
05.24.2017
Group Exercise Instructor Provides well organized workouts with a variety of routines and patterns. Qualifications: Must have National Group Exercise Certification and previous teaching experience. If applicant does not have National...
  1. 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...
  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 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Exercise Physiologist Springfield, MA Sisters of Providence Health System
    Masters degree in exercise physiology; ACSM certified; one year experience in rehab setting.
  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. Clinical Exercise Physiologist Internship 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...
  9. 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,...
  10. Exercise Physiologist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Cardio Pulmonary Rehab West Chester, OH West Chester Hospital
    - Exercise Physiologist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Cardio Pulmonary Rehab (042807) Job Description Exercise Physiologist (PT) - Daniel Drake Center - Cardio Pulmonary Rehab(Job Number: 042807) Description Primary Purpose: Apply...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Group Exercise Leaders Thomaston, GA Upson Regional Medical Center
    The Group Exercise Leader is responsible for supervision and safety of participants in exercise classes (aerobics, body toning, water aerobics, etc.) He/she will apply knowledge of exercise physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and adult learning...
  14. Group Exercise Instruct. Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Group Exercise Instructor Provides well organized workouts with a variety of routines and patterns. Zumba preferred. Qualifications: National Group Exercise Certification preferred. If applicant does not have National certification, it...
  15. Group Exercise Instruct. Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Group Exercise Instructor Provides well organized workouts with a variety of routines and patterns. Qualifications: Must have National Group Exercise Certification and previous teaching experience. If applicant does not have National...