What does an Exercise Physiologist do?

An exercise physiologist is responsible for developing a fitness plan for an individual recovering from an injury or illness. They are responsible for ensuring that the patient can increase their mobility. A few of the main duties of an exercise physiologist are assessing a patient's needs, consulting patients on a best plan of action, developing exercise programs, and performing fitness tests. They also have to create reports based on a patient's progress Some of the job titles that an exercise physiologist had in the past would be personal trainer and health coach.

An exercise physiologist should have two years of experience in a similar role as well as a Master's degree in exercise physiology. One of the most important skills that an exercise physiologist will have is the ability to connect with patients. Another skill is exercise knowledge as the exercise physiologist will have to create an exercise plan for a patient.

What responsibilities are common for Exercise Physiologist jobs?
  • Create exercise plans for patients
  • Administer fitness tests
  • Grade overall fitness of a patient
  • Consult patients on a best plan of action
  • Assess a patient's needs
  • Improve the overall health of a patient
  • Maintain accurate records of exercises performed
  • Monitor heart rate during training sessions
What are the typical qualifications for Exercise Physiologist jobs?
  • Master's degree in exercise physiology
  • Ability to create a fitness plan for a patient
  • Ability to administer a fitness test
  • Great attention to detail
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to use EKG equipment
  • Deep knowledge of exercises
  • Ability to sympathize with patients
  • Great interpersonal skills
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Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,818 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Exercise Physiologist Insights

Read what Exercise Physiologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Ascension HealthAscension Health
Exercise Physiologist
Mar 30, 2021

“pay was not good and they did scale your pay based on years of experience in the field”

Goal Specialist (Remote Health Coach)
Jan 4, 2023

“this one is abusive and I am in a MUCH better place since moving forward.”

Performance Physical Therapy (RI, MA)Performance Physical Therapy (RI, MA)
Exercise Specialist
Aug 10, 2021

“You make great friends with your coworkers and form amazing relationships with the patients you work with.”

Health Coach
Sept 20, 2022

“this worked for me but it was very low pay for high case loads (100”

NJF WellnessNJF Wellness
Exercise Physiologist
Sept 11, 2022

“You get to work with some great clients most of whome are pretty good people.”

Recreation Officer
Mar 9, 2022

“training throughout your tenure all you have to do is request it if you require more.”

Health and Wellness
Jun 24, 2022

“Because working with Cyberbacker is 100% WORK FROM HOME and is such a great blessing specially to a mom like me.”

Health Coach
Jun 13, 2022

“There is little opportunity for growth in your role and people should not expect it for such an entry level role.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of exercise physiologists

The typical day of an exercise physiologist includes working with athletes and those recovering from an injury to implement exercise into their recovery plan. A career as an exercise physiologist includes working closely with patients to understand their symptoms and limitations in order to create an exercise plan that improves flexibility and muscle strength.

The best part about becoming an exercise physiologist is that they can work in a variety of environments, making it an in-demand career. They typically have good working conditions and the opportunity to choose a schedule they prefer. Many exercise physiologists also have the opportunity to specialize in treating certain conditions.

Exercise physiologists have the opportunity to earn a competitive salary. The average salary for exercise physiologists is $70,818 per year in the U.S. Exercise physiologists with more medical certifications or rehabilitative training experience can earn up to $108,849 per year.

Working as an exercise physiologist can be physically laborious at times, as they may have to help patients who have minimal mobility. One of the challenges of being an exercise physiologist is that they often have to adjust their treatment plans to accommodate unique mobility needs.

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