Exercise Physiologists
SOC: 29-1128.00


Assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
14,500 employed

Projected (2024):
16,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Applied Exercise Physiologist
  • Bariatric Weight Loss Clinic Manager and Counselor
  • Cardiac Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiac Exercise Specialist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director
  • Clinical Coordinator, Heart Failure Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Coordinator Cardiopulmonary Services
  • Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness
  • Electrophysiology Technician
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Physiologist Certified (EPC)
  • Exercise Physiologist, Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Physiologist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Conduct stress tests, using electrocardiograph (EKG) machines.
  • Demonstrate correct use of exercise equipment or performance of exercise routines.
  • Develop exercise programs to improve participant strength, flexibility, endurance, or circulatory functioning, in accordance with exercise science standards, regulatory requirements, and credentialing requirements.
  • Explain exercise program or physiological testing procedures to participants.
  • Interpret exercise program participant data to evaluate progress or identify needed program changes.
  • Measure amount of body fat, using such equipment as hydrostatic scale, skinfold calipers, or tape measures.
  • Measure oxygen consumption or lung functioning, using spirometers.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests of blood samples for cholesterol level or glucose tolerance.
  • Prescribe individualized exercise programs, specifying equipment such as treadmill, exercise bicycle, ergometers, or perceptual goggles.
  • Provide clinical oversight of exercise for participants at all risk levels.
  • Recommend methods to increase lifestyle physical activity.
  • Teach courses or seminars related to exercise or diet for patients, athletes, or community groups.
  • Assess physical performance requirements to aid in the development of individualized recovery or rehabilitation exercise programs.
  • Calibrate exercise or testing equipment.
  • Educate athletes or coaches on techniques to improve athletic performance, such as heart rate monitoring, recovery techniques, hydration strategies, or training limits.
  • Evaluate staff performance in leading group exercise or conducting diagnostic tests.
  • Interview participants to obtain medical history or assess participant goals.
  • Mentor or train staff to lead group exercise.
  • Order or recommend diagnostic procedures, such as stress tests, drug screenings, or urinary tests.
  • Plan or conduct exercise physiology research projects.
  • Present exercise knowledge, program information, or research study findings at professional meetings or conferences.
  • Provide emergency or other appropriate medical care to participants with symptoms or signs of physical distress.
  • Supervise maintenance of exercise or exercise testing equipment.
  • Teach behavior modification classes related to topics such as stress management or weight control.
  • Teach group exercise for low, medium, or high risk clients to improve participant strength, flexibility, endurance, or circulatory functioning.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Arm crank ergometers
  • Automated blood pressure measurement equipment
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Bioelectric impedance analyzers
  • Cholesterol analyzers
  • Cycle ergometers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dual energy x ray absorptiometers
  • Echocardiography systems
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Electronic spirometers
  • Electronic timing systems
  • Exercise treadmills
  • Goniometers
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Holter monitors
  • Hydraulic hand dynamometers
  • Intravenous IV infusion pumps
  • Isokinetic dynamometers
  • Lactate analyzers
  • Laptop computers
  • Manual blood pressure equipment
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Metabolic carts
  • Microhematocrits
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Muscle strength dynamometers
  • Near infrared spectrometers
  • Osmometers
  • Oxygen analyzers
  • Patient weight scales
  • Pedometers
  • Perceptual goggles
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Skinfold calipers
  • Spirometers
  • Stair climbers
  • Strength training equipment
  • Telemetry units
  • Underwater weighing tanks
  • Urine analysis equipment
  • Whole body air plethysmography systems
  • Email software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800