Clinical Exercise Physiology
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Your Alma education will give you hands-on opportunities inside and outside of the classroom that will help you explore potential career pathways and plan your future.
Help people get moving so they can live longer, healthier lives.
Choose Your Path
With a Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration of the IPHS major you can seek jobs in the following areas:
- Clinical exercise physiologist
- Cardiac rehabilitation therapist
- Stress testing technician
- Strength and conditioning specialist
- Corporate wellness specialist
- Personal trainer or group exercise instructor
The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration of the Integrative Physiology and Health Science (IPHS) major at Alma College will prepare you for entry-level positions in kinesiology, exercise sciences, and fitness fields working with healthy and clinical populations immediately upon graduation from Alma, or for postgraduate study in exercise science, kinesiology, or other health-related areas.
The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration also helps prepare you for appropriate professional organization certifications from organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
How do I decide if clinical exercise physiology is the right choice for me?
Exercise physiologists work for the betterment of the health, fitness, and quality of life for apparently healthy individuals, as well as patients at high risk or living with a chronic disease.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an expected 11% growth in jobs within the field of exercise physiology for 2019-2029, which is much faster than growth in other job markets .
This is an exciting career field with significant patient interaction and hands-on work.
In the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration of the IPHS major, you will get a wide variety of hands-on opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, including developing and implementing exercise training programs for healthy and clinical populations in the local community.
Opportunities include leading water aerobics exercises, land exercise, or strength training. Internship opportunities are also available if you’re looking to explore potential career pathways.