Quick Facts: Fitness Trainers and Instructors
2017 Median Pay $39,210 per year 
$18.85 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Short-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2016 299,200
Job Outlook, 2016-26 10% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 30,100

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Exercise Science is the study of movement and the associated functional responses and adaptations that are seen within the body. An exercise scientist must understand the scientific basis underlying exercise-induced responses that we see in the body of physical active individuals. The field of exercise science is typically much broader than sports medicine, ranging from the study of how organ systems work at the cellular level when confronted with disease, to improving the biomechanical efficiency of an employee working on an assembly line. Exercise science graduates may work in a wide variety of careers within the umbrella of exercise science such as Aerobics Instructors, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Personal Trainers or Corporate Health Advisors. This major also could be used as a stepping stone to earning advanced degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Recreation Therapy.

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