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
04.24.2019
The Licensed Clinical Exercise Physiologist is a professional caregiver who assumes responsibility for patients recovering from any acute coronary event in an effort to facilitate restoration and maintenance of the patients optimal physiological,...
04.24.2019
Job Purpose Under the supervision of the Pulmonary Rehab Clinical Coordinator, participates in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program according to established policies and procedures. Operates pulmonary rehab or stress testing equipment to...
04.24.2019
Southern Maine Health Care Department: MaineHealth Southern Maine Health Care/Cardio Rehab BMCD Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 32 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Position...
04.24.2019
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,...
02.20.2019
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for the performance and supervision of cardiac stress testing. Duties include assessment of patients, preparation for electrocardiogram, auscultation of heart sounds, and monitoring patients throughout stress test...
05.20.2018
03.20.2019
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...
04.24.2019
Department: 16110_13321 Cardiac Rehab - LVExpected Weekly Hours: 40Shift: Day Shift Position Purpose: Job Description Details: POSITION PURPOSE Responsible for conducting exercise stress tests, based on physician orders, clinical...
04.24.2019
04.24.2019
04.23.2019
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Component: Under the supervision of the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Manager and consultation of Clinical Exercise Physiologist plans, implements, and supervises exercise prescription and progression for Cardiopulmonary...
04.24.2019
Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/CVS Turning Pt Cardiac Rehab Std Hrs/Wk: Part Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 20.0 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Position...
04.24.2019
Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/CVS Turning Pt Cardiac Rehab Std Hrs/Wk: Per Diem Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: per diem Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
02.22.2019
Exercise Specialist Exercise Specialist February 22, 2019 An opening currently exists for a full-time (40 hours a week) Exercise Specialist at Kinetics. The daily work hours for this position will vary due to the needs of Kinetics....
04.24.2019
The Exercise Specialist role will float 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...
  1. Exercise Physiologist Covington, LA St. Tammany Parish Hospital
    The Licensed Clinical Exercise Physiologist is a professional caregiver who assumes responsibility for patients recovering from any acute coronary event in an effort to facilitate restoration and maintenance of the patients optimal physiological,...
  2. Exercise Physiologist Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Job Purpose Under the supervision of the Pulmonary Rehab Clinical Coordinator, participates in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program according to established policies and procedures. Operates pulmonary rehab or stress testing equipment to...
  3. Exercise Physiologist-Cardiology Rehabilitation Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Southern Maine Health Care Department: MaineHealth Southern Maine Health Care/Cardio Rehab BMCD Std Hrs/Wk: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 32 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Position...
  4. Exercise Physiologist II - Cardiac Rehabilitation 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,...
  5. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for the performance and supervision of cardiac stress testing. Duties include assessment of patients, preparation for electrocardiogram, auscultation of heart sounds, and monitoring patients throughout stress test...
  6. Exercise Physiologist Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
  7. 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...
  8. Exercise Physiologist - Livingston (full-time) Mason City, IA Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
    Department: 16110_13321 Cardiac Rehab - LVExpected Weekly Hours: 40Shift: Day Shift Position Purpose: Job Description Details: POSITION PURPOSE Responsible for conducting exercise stress tests, based on physician orders, clinical...
  9. Clinical Exercise Physiologist Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
  10. Clinical Exercise Physiologist Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
  11. EXERCISE SPECIALIST (Cardiopulmonary Rehab - PRN) Statesville, NC Iredell Health System
    Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Component: Under the supervision of the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Manager and consultation of Clinical Exercise Physiologist plans, implements, and supervises exercise prescription and progression for Cardiopulmonary...
  12. Cardiac Exercise Instructor- Cardiac Rehabilitation Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/CVS Turning Pt Cardiac Rehab Std Hrs/Wk: Part Time Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: 20.0 Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details: Position...
  13. Cardiac Exercise Instructor-Turning Point Cardiac Rehab Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Maine Medical Center Department: MaineHealth Maine Medical Center/CVS Turning Pt Cardiac Rehab Std Hrs/Wk: Per Diem Shift: Day Shift Full/Part Time: per diem Apply Internal Apply Create Job Alert Add to Cart Job Details:...
  14. Exercise Specialist Millersburg, OH Pomerene Hospital
    Exercise Specialist Exercise Specialist February 22, 2019 An opening currently exists for a full-time (40 hours a week) Exercise Specialist at Kinetics. The daily work hours for this position will vary due to the needs of Kinetics....
  15. Exercise Specialist Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Exercise Specialist role will float 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...