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Exercise Science

What can I do with my degree in Exercise Science?

About the program

Concordia’s Exercise Science programs (Kinesiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology and Athletic Therapy) give you the professional knowledge and skills to interpret, apply and conduct health science research that focuses on health and fitness. Our students study a range of people, from individuals suffering from chronic disease to elite athletes and they learn to assess, evaluate and design programs that can maintain and improve health, fitness and athletic performance.

For the latest information on programs, visit the Exercise Science program. 

Skills developed

As a student in Exercise Science, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.

  • Assess human movement, performance and function in healthy and clinical populations
  • Assess, evaluate and design programs that can maintain and improve health, fitness and athletic performance
  • Conduct workplace assessment to reduce the risk of employee injury
  • Create, plan and implement a variety of fitness activities and programs for diverse populations
  • Develop rehabilitation programs for people with various chronic diseases (cardiac, pulmonary, metabolic, oncologic, renal, etc.) and clients with injuries
  • Interpret, apply and conduct health science research
  • Promote healthy lifestyles to enhance quality of life
  • Understand the science behind human exercise, health and physical activity

  • Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding comprehensively
  • Read critically and write persuasively 
  • Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
  • Write reports and essay

  • Manage tasks and meet deadlines 
  • Work under pressure 
  • Influence and persuade
  • Make decisions and use sound judgement

  • Manage conflict
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Interact with others and build professional relationships

  • Observe and interpret data
  • Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to make a good judgement or conclusion
  • Understand complex problems and identify solutions

Potential work settings

Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study. 

  • Athletic associations  
  • Corporate wellness programs  
  • Correctional services  
  • Country clubs  
  • Cruise ships & resorts  
  • Educational institutions  
  • Government (federal, provincial, and municipal)  
  • Health & fitness clubs  
  • Health care services  
  • Hospital therapeutic units  
  • Hotels  
  • Insurance companies 
  • Leisure centers  
  • Military  
  • Municipal and national parks  
  • Personal training centers  
  • Public health services  
  • Rehabilitation services  
  • Research & development  
  • Scientific journals  
  • Senior citizens’ residences  
  • Spas  
  • Sporting goods companies  
  • Sports & athletics programs 
  • Sports arenas/stadiums  
  • Sports management 
  • Sports medicine 
  • Sports-performing training  
  • Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec 

What jobs can a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science lead to?

Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Athletic therapist 
  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialist 
  • Dietetic technician 
  • Ergonomist 
  • Exercise physiologist 
  • Fitness centre coordinator/manager 
  • Health care consultant 
  • Health clinic manager 
  • Health coach 
  • Health professional, physical activities 
  • Healthcare aide 
  • Kinesiologist 
  • Massage therapist 
  • Medical fitness specialist 
  • Orthopaedic technician 
  • Personal trainer 
  • Physical therapy assistant 
  • Recreation and leisure supervisor 
  • Recreation and sports director 
  • Recreation therapist 
  • Strength and conditioning coach 
  • Weight loss trainer 
  • Wellness program manager 

  • Aerobics instructor 
  • Assistant coach 
  • Athletic director 
  • Athletic scout 
  • Athletic trainer 
  • Camp director 
  • Competitive program coordinator 
  • Facilities coordinator 
  • Fitness /wellness consultant 
  • Fitness coach 
  • Group fitness /aerobics instructor. 
  • Gym manager (owner) 
  • Sporting equipment designer 
  • Sporting goods sales rep 
  • Sports agent 
  • Sports facility manager 
  • Communications and media relations manager 
  • Ticketing sales and services representative 

  • City administrator  
  • Community/correctional services  
  • Health & social policy developer  
  • Heath care administrator 
  • Military instructor  
  • Policy analyst  
  • Program administrator 
  • Public health director  
  • Executive and strategist projects assistant 

  • Activity specialist 
  • Camp director 
  • Community program director 
  • Recreation and leisure coordinator/director 
  • Wellness coordinator 
  • Events officer 

  • Academic advisor
  • Health educator 
  • Physical education teacher
  • Program administrator
  • Research assistant

Jobs and career possibilities with a Master's and PhD in Exercise Science

The job titles listed below are examples of careers requiring further education such as an MA or PhD degree, a second bachelor degree, a certificate or a graduate diploma and relevant work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

  • Anatomist
  • Chiropractor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Ergonomist
  • Exercise therapist 
  • Medical doctor
  • Nutritionist 
  • Occupational therapist
  • Osteopathic physician
  • Physical therapist 
  • Registered nurse
  • Research director 
  • Sports medicine physician
  • Sports medicine physician 
  • University professor

Start your job search

Explore career options

Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:

Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.

Field of study – Government of Canada Job Bank : Find out about employment rates, wages and the types of jobs related to a specific field of study.

Search job titles or companies - LinkedIn: Search by job title or field of study. You can also find out what type of positions individuals with the same degree as you have occupied.

Career Cruising

Explore your interests, learn about careers and find jobs on the Career Cruising website. Find the link and login information in the Student Hub's My CU Account.

Search for jobs

Browse the websites below to find jobs available in Quebec and Canada related to your field of study. You can also search the CAPS online job bank or find employers in Canada that hire new graduates in your field.

Book an appointment 

To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.

To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345

*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service

Networking  and professional associations

Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshopscareer fairs or career panels to get a head start.

Here are a few recommended sites:

Contact us

514-848-2424, ext. 3921 / 7345
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Sir George Williams Campus
Room H-745

Loyola Campus
Room AD-103

Office hours

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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