Career opportunities in exercise and sport science

Career opportunities

Our graduates have diverse employment opportunities in fitness, sport and health industries. They consult, test, prescribe and administer programs in commercial, corporate or government settings. They coach, train and apply physiology, psychology and biomechanics to human physical performance. They are involved education and promotion or in clinical settings for cardiac, pulmonary and musculoskeletal testing and rehabilitation.

Note that Exercise and Sport Science for some of the careers listed below will gain entry at a technician's level with further study required for career advancement.

Small business manager/owner

  • Fitness consultant
  • Personal trainer
  • Conduct Gutbusters and other weight loss programs
  • Corporate fitness testing (construction industry, office workers, fire, police)
  • Public health assessment (Heart Foundation - cholesterol, blood pressure)

Hospital scientist

  • Pulmonary function laboratory
  • Cardiac stress testing
  • Cardiac rehabilitation programs
  • Musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation
  • General rehabilitation (elderly)

Public health education or research officers

  • Anti Cancer Foundation
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Australia
  • Heart Foundation
  • Asthma Foundation

Government organisation employee

  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
  • Department of Sport and Recreation
  • Health Development Foundation
  • Territory Health Services

Institutes/academics of sport

  • Sport scientist

Tourism and hospitality

  • Shipboard recreation officer
  • Resort recreation officer
  • Camp staff

Fitness industry

  • Fitness centre manager
  • Fitness leader
  • Personal trainer

School teacher

  • Secondary science/physical education teacher
  • Sportsmaster

Further study

  • Part time while employed in a career listed above
  • Honours
  • Masters
  • Doctorate
  • Graduate entry into physiotherapy
  • Graduate entry into medicine