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Professional Organizations for Exercise Science Grads

One of the most valuable actions recent college graduates can take to bolster their career is to become involved in professional organizations in their field of study. These organizations offer the opportunity to stay abreast of new developments important to specific disciplines; they also commonly offer networking opportunities that could lead to career advancement. Even for the reason of remaining relevant in the subject, joining professional organizations is a great idea — and the field of exercise science is no exception.

Graduates with an exercise science degree – and also students enrolled in exercise science programs — might consider looking into one or more of the following reputable organizations to enhance their careers. Membership in professional organizations can increase enthusiasm for the exercise science field and deepen knowledge of exercise science.

1. American Society of Biomechanics

This group, which has hundreds of members nationwide, was formed in the late 1970s. Members are researchers, clinicians, scientists and students. The society’s mission is to ease the exchange and dissemination of ideas among those in exercise science, biological science, health science, ergonomics and human factors, and engineering and applied science. Student memberships cost about $20 per year, while regular or professional dues are closer to $80 per year.

2. American College of Sports Medicine

This is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, with more than 50,000 members. ACSM is primarily interested in the advancement and integration of scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Membership in ACSM is three-tiered; student members pay about $10 per year, basic membership costs about $100 per year and a premium membership is around $240 per year.

3. National Athletic Trainers’ Association

NATA is a professional organization for certified athletic trainers and those who support the profession. It was formed in 1950 and has more than 35,000 members around the world. The mission is to enhance the quality of health care given to patients by athletic trainers and to advance the profession in general. Dues for members range from about $100 for students to more than $200 per year for non-students.

4. American Physical Therapy Association

For exercise science students and degree holders who are interested in going on to become physical therapists, APTA may be a sound choice. The organization consists of more than 90,000 physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and students seeking to advance physical therapy practice. Through education and research, members strive to promote physical therapy and raise awareness of physical therapy’s role in the broader national health care framework. The cost of membership in this organization begins at around $80 per year for students.

Those in the exercise science field can use these sites to scope out job openings, networking events and information about upcoming conferences and seminars that may enhance their education and career. People who are interested in furthering their careers through graduate study are also served by these organizations. Even though most memberships in professional organizations come with dues or annual fees, the career benefits can far outweigh the financial commitment.