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
10.18.2017
The Exercise Physiologist treats a variety of diagnoses with a high degree of professional competency and efficiency to ensure quality patient care. Able to treat the adolescent, geriatric and the general population. Assesses and re-assesses...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
The Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) works as an integral part of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team to achieve functional improvements in the patients recovery process in Phase I of Cardiac Rehabilitation, encourages and facilitates involvement...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
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...
10.18.2017
- Bachelors degree is required VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology - North Ground is seeking a Full Time - Exercise Physiologist Sr. This person Assists in administration of cardiopulmonary exercise assessment in order to assess...
10.18.2017
VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology - North Ground is seeking a PRN/Hourly - Exercise Physiologist Sr. This person Assists in administration of cardiopulmonary exercise assessment in order to assess functional capacity of cardiovascular...
09.26.2017
In this position, the Exercise Specialist is responsible for case managing patients enrolled in the Heart and Lung Wellness Program from Phase I through IV, communicating directly with physicians on patient progress and changes in their plan of...
10.18.2017
We have a great opportunity for an Exercise Therapist to work in long-term care exercise programs in adherence to the mission and values of Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL). This position will provide exercise programming, guidance and motivation to HSL...
10.18.2017
High school graduate or GED equivalent On the job training provided Must be able to demonstrate through previous experience, the ability to provide excellent customer service Desired Qualifications: BS in Exercise Science or related...
10.18.2017
Provides fitness assessments, orientations, exercise program development, education, and exercise demonstrations for members. Also serves as lead employee for Personal Trainers, Aerobic Instructors and desk clerks. Assumes facility operations...
10.18.2017
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...
  1. Exercise Physiologist Medford, MA Lawrence Memorial Hospital
    The Exercise Physiologist treats a variety of diagnoses with a high degree of professional competency and efficiency to ensure quality patient care. Able to treat the adolescent, geriatric and the general population. Assesses and re-assesses...
  2. Exercise Physiologist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
    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...
  3. Exercise Physiologist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
    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...
  4. Exercise Physiologist/Cardiac Exercise Physiologist Clinical Specialist 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...
  5. Exercise Physiologist/Cardiac Exercise Physiologist Clinical Specialist 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...
  6. Exercise Physiologist - Cardiac Rehab - Liberty Cincinnati, OH The Christ Hospital Health Network
    The Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) works as an integral part of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team to achieve functional improvements in the patients recovery process in Phase I of Cardiac Rehabilitation, encourages and facilitates involvement...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Exercise Phys Sr Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Bachelors degree is required VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology - North Ground is seeking a Full Time - Exercise Physiologist Sr. This person Assists in administration of cardiopulmonary exercise assessment in order to assess...
  10. Exercise Phys Sr Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Noninvasive Cardiology - North Ground is seeking a PRN/Hourly - Exercise Physiologist Sr. This person Assists in administration of cardiopulmonary exercise assessment in order to assess functional capacity of cardiovascular...
  11. Exercise Specialist Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
    In this position, the Exercise Specialist is responsible for case managing patients enrolled in the Heart and Lung Wellness Program from Phase I through IV, communicating directly with physicians on patient progress and changes in their plan of...
  12. Exercise Therapist Roslindale, MA Hebrew SeniorLife
    We have a great opportunity for an Exercise Therapist to work in long-term care exercise programs in adherence to the mission and values of Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL). This position will provide exercise programming, guidance and motivation to HSL...
  13. Exercise Assistant Mobile, AL Infirmary Health
    High school graduate or GED equivalent On the job training provided Must be able to demonstrate through previous experience, the ability to provide excellent customer service Desired Qualifications: BS in Exercise Science or related...
  14. Exercise Instructor - PRN Norman, Ok Norman Regional Health System
    Provides fitness assessments, orientations, exercise program development, education, and exercise demonstrations for members. Also serves as lead employee for Personal Trainers, Aerobic Instructors and desk clerks. Assumes facility operations...
  15. 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...