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.

  • 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
  • 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
72%
2 - 4
15%
5 - 7
1%
8+
12%

Common Skill Sets

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Exercise Physiologist Seniority Levels

L2
Exercise Physiologist
$46,787/yr
Athletic Trainer
14% made the transition
Coach
11% made the transition
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Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$47,206 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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$32K
Median: $47K
$69K
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