What does an Exercise Physiologist do?

Exercise Physiologists analyze a patient's fitness, helping them improve and maintain a certain level of health. This includes patients in rehabilitation for heart disease and other chronic problems as well as athletes looking to optimize their performance. Exercise physiologists administer stress tests to evaluate a patient's cardiovascular function and metabolism. From there they can develop and prescribe exercise plans focusing on fitness, strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals
  • Athletic training programs at colleges and universities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Rehabilitation clinics

Education and Training Requirements

Most employers require a candidate to have at least a bachelor's degree in order to be an exercise physiologist. However, many exercise physiologists specializing in cardiac rehabilitation also have a master's degree. There is also an internship component of the exercise physiologist's academic requirements and a certification exam administered by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists.


According to salary.com, the median salary of an exercise physiologists is between $48,276 and $62,770 per year.

Professional Organization

The American Society of Exercise Physiologists