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
02.23.2018
Bachelor's of Science 1 Year of Experience Required The Exercise Physiologist is an essential part of the Cardiopulmonary Rehab health care team and provides care to Cardiopulmonary Rehab/Wellness populations in Phase II, III, IV Programs....
02.23.2018
VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology North Ground is seeking a full time Exercise Physiologist Depending on the work assignment, may administer physician-ordered cardiopulmonary exercise assessments including exercise and pharmacologic...
02.23.2018
VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology North Ground is seeking a PRN/Hourly Exercise Physiologist Depending on the work assignment, may administer physician-ordered cardiopulmonary exercise assessments including exercise and pharmacologic...
02.23.2018
Under the direct supervision of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation RN and Respiratory therapist staff, the Exercise Physiologist is responsible for the patient/participant care and program process for the adult and geriatric client. Efforts are...
02.23.2018
Bachelors degree is required BLS certification required Certification/Licensure/Registration JOB SUMMARY The Exercise Physiologist provides patient services. Assists with day to day clinical operations of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Phases II...
02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
The Exercise Specialist position is located on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties The Exercise Specialist provides direct care to cardiac rehabilitation patients for restoring functional capacity by assuring safe and...
02.23.2018
Assists with fitness assessment and fitness-related education programs; participates in planning and implementing individual/group fitness programs. Participates in health condition assessments; administers fitness testing procedures and...
02.23.2018
High School/GED 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...
02.23.2018
Under the general direction of the Nurse Manager, coordinates a comprehensive outpatient and inpatient cardiac rehabilitation program while maintaining standards of clinical exercise physiology as well as those standards established by the...
10.19.2017
The Rehab Exercise Specialist will participate in screening patients' medical histories and current health status to identify major health risk factors. They will assist staff with patient rehab by orienting new patients to rehab goals and...
12.19.2017
Job Req ID: 149922 Position Number: 00153090 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : 8am-5pm-Mon-Fri( Hours are based on a 36 hr shift / Days TBD ) Standard Hours:  36.00...
02.23.2018
Under supervision, and according to established policies and procedures, provides direct patient assessment and management in the BMC Stress Testing Laboratories and/or Cardiac Rehabilitation & Prevention Program. Duties vary but may include:...
02.23.2018
We are currently looking for a Diabetes Clinician to join our team! Responsible for assuring excellence in patient care, maintaining professional development, maintaining financial discipline for the Diabetes and Nutrition Center, and providing...
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    Bachelor's of Science 1 Year of Experience Required The Exercise Physiologist is an essential part of the Cardiopulmonary Rehab health care team and provides care to Cardiopulmonary Rehab/Wellness populations in Phase II, III, IV Programs....
  2. Exercise Physiologist Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology North Ground is seeking a full time Exercise Physiologist Depending on the work assignment, may administer physician-ordered cardiopulmonary exercise assessments including exercise and pharmacologic...
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