How to become a Exercise Scientist

Exercise scientists assist sportspeople to achieve the best possible sporting performance by applying knowledge and techniques from the areas of biomedical science, physiology, biomechanics (the study of human movement), nutrition, psychology and sport assessment.

Personal requirements of a Exercise Scientist

  • Interested in sport and fitness
  • Interested in physical and biomedical sciences
  • Good observation and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work with accuracy and attention to detail

Education & Training for a Exercise Scientist

To become an exercise scientist you usually have to complete a degree in sport and exercise science or human movement. Alternatively, you may choose to complete a degree in a relevant area, such as nutrition, physiotherapy or medicine, followed by a postgraduate qualification in exercise science or clinical exercise physiology. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics are normally required. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,615

Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 6.6%

NSW 44.1%

NT 0.3%

QLD 11.8%

SA 6%

TAS 0.9%

VIC 14%

WA 16.4%

Hours worked:

35.7

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 60.2%

Female 39.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 36.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 63.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 59.2%

Above 35 years: 50.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Before undertaking clinical placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a National Police Certificate, a Provide First Aid Certificate and immunisations, and undergo a Working with Children Check. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. Graduates from an approved degree course may apply for membership with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Student memberships may also be available.
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