5 Tips to Get Exercise Science Jobs After Graduation

Posted September 30, 2014 | By csponline

There will always be a need for professionals in exercise science. Across small businesses, resorts and hotels, hospitals and other companies, health promotion services are increasing.

This has led to an expected increase in exercise science jobs. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is expected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022. Other in-demand careers that benefit from an exercise science degree include coaching, rehabilitation and personal training.

But how do you start utilizing your education? We have some helpful tips that can impact your future.

5 Tips to Leveraging Your Education

Thanks to the ability to study online, you can pursue an internship or job in exercise science while you earn your degree. We have compiled some things to keep in mind while you pursue that goal in Minnesota:

Build Your Network: Networking is a crucial aspect of an internship or job search. According to the career management firm Drake Beam Morin, 60 to 80 percent of jobs are filled without ever being advertised. This stat highlights the importance of having connections, as they can easily lead to the next step in your career. Take advantage of LinkedIn and social networks. Connect with friends and family members, the staff at CSP and other resources that can build your network. Proactively nurture and grow your network to see the results.


Consider Internships: An internship can give you valuable experience for your résumé, enhance your network and lead to a rewarding career. It can also allow you to “try out” certain careers in the dynamic exercise science industry if you’re unsure of what job you’re interested in. There are plenty of internship opportunities across the state that will help you grow your career.


Look at Gyms and Companies: Looking for a job? There is no shortage of gyms, clubs and companies across Minnesota that might be hiring for your specialty. For example, the Life Time Fitness company has 24 clubs in Minnesota and currently shows 486 jobs in the state alone. Look at the websites of local organizations to find an exciting career opportunity for you.


Join a Professional Association: With a professional association, you can gain access to a job and internship opportunities, a way to grow your network and other paths to grow your career. For example, if you are interested in personal training, you could join the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), which is based in Minneapolis. Finding the appropriate professional association represents a natural and rewarding step for your career.


Watch the Job Sites: From local resources such as City of Minneapolis Jobs to the array of national sites such as Indeed, Monster and CareerBuilder, job websites will help you target job postings in your career and geographic area. Bookmark your favorites, set up alerts and follow through on job opportunities that fit your interests and needs.


Getting Your Exercise Science Degree

Are you ready to pursue your degree? We make it easy to study and reach your career goals.

At Concordia University, St. Paul, our fully online Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science prepares you for a career as a coach, athletic trainer, personal trainer, sports nutritionist or several other roles. You can attend class on your own schedule, studying when you have the time. This program was named one of the U.S. News and World Report Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree—or would like to enhance your career opportunities—you can take a look at our fully online Master of Arts in Exercise Science degree.

Both of these programs provide a flexible way to study. You can get an affordable, quality education that allows you to begin carrying out the preceding advice while you complete your degree.

Next Steps: Evaluate Where You Are in Your Career

You may be starting out and in need of an internship. Or perhaps you’re finishing up a bachelor’s degree and thinking about that next career move.

Remember that there are plenty of available resources that can build your career. Even if you’re not looking for a job, you can build your network by keeping an eye out for career opportunities for others. Also, you can take an active role in a professional association and improve your knowledge in the industry.

You can put your exercise science degree to work—even while you earn that degree.

If you haven’t already made the decision to move your career forward, take a look at the fully online B.A. in Exercise Science and M.A. in Exercise Science degrees at CSP, or download our FREE exercise science career guide!

Also published on Medium.