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Why Choose a Degree in Exercise and Wellness as Preparation for Your Career?

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that careers related to exercise, wellness, and health promotion are projected to grow faster than average and that job prospects in these fields are favorable.

The rising cost of healthcare, an aging population, and concerns about childhood obesity have increased the need for individuals trained in physical activity, fitness, wellness, and health promotion. As changes in health care continue, insurance companies, employers, and governments placing an emphasis on disease prevention. 

One of the more cost-effective ways is to employ individuals prepared to teach people how to become and remain physically active, increase their fitness, and live healthy lives. These employment areas are expected to gain jobs because an increasing number of people are spending time and money on fitness and more businesses are recognizing the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees.

Students who complete a BS degree in the Exercise and Wellness concentration will be prepared to pursue careers in such fields as:

  • Active adult planned community fitness and health promotion
  • Worksite fitness and health promotion
  • Personal trainer
  • Country club fitness
  • Spa fitness
  • Wellness centers
  • Hospital-based fitness centers
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

Students who complete a BS degree in the Health Education and Health Promotion concentration will be prepared to pursue careers in:

  • Worksite health promotion
  • Government health departments and agencies
  • College and university wellness and health promotion
  • Non-profit disease prevention agencies
  • Private healthcare organizations
  • Wellness centers
  • Health coaching

Graduates from the Exercise and Wellness program may also choose to pursue further graduate study in:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Exercise Science
  • Medical School
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Dentistry
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Health Psychology
  • Public Health

Please note this is only a sample of career possibilities. Some positions listed will require additional education or training. Talk with an academic advisor to determine which courses will fit with your desired career goals.

For information about career growth and annual wages, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.