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Helping you find a career in the Exercise science industry

The exercise science industry hires a range of trained professionals to explore and develop our knowledge of the relationship between sports and healthy minds and bodies. You get to improve the lives of others while keeping up to date on all the most exciting developments in sports science!

Typically, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area for a role in the exercise science industry, and the specific degree will depend on the area that you're interested in. However, if you’ve got good A-Levels in PE, sciences and/or psychology you should be well on your way.

The exercise science industry offers a wide variety of roles, with some more research-based and others more customer facing. Think about whether you prefer to work in a lab or would rather work with customers directly. This will guide you towards the right kind of job for you in the industry.

Whatever role you choose, you’ll be closely analysing the human body or mind and the effects sports can have on it. of presents loads of great opportunities to improve people’s lives as well as develop our knowledge of the human body.

Skills & interests required for a career in Exercise science
Exercise scientists live and breathe sports, so a keen interest in sports is obviously a must! It will often be a physically demanding job, so you’ll need to keep your physical fitness up too. But that’s not a problem when you love exercise!

And sports is obviously linked to biology and science, so you’ll want a firm grasp of the concepts surrounding the human body generally and particularly in relation to sports. Nutritional knowledge will also be essential.

You’ll rarely work alone in the exercise science industry. Either you’ll be working directly with clients or amongst a team. Consequently, teamwork and communication are important for a career in exercise science.

If you’re working in a customer facing role, then you’ll need to be able to inspire and motivate your clients to make sure they do the best they possibly can.

Other important skills include;

  • Quick reactions

  • Knowledge of health and safety

  • Sensitivity to customer needs

  • Problem solving skills.
Exercise science apprenticeships & other career progress routes for school leavers
Once you’ve got your degree, you may wish to seek a masters of science or even a PhD. Increasingly, this is becoming a requirement for work in the industry, especially if you wish to go down the academic route.

Once you’re into the field, you’ll be able to gain more experience and work your way up through the ranks.
Tips for getting into the field
Any experience in the world of sports will be hugely useful. Try joining some sports societies during your time at university. Otherwise, experience in the industry itself can help immensely. You may be able to get some paid work, but volunteer work will always be available.

Call up local exercise science companies and see if they have any internships or ask if you can shadow a member of their team.

Often, you’ll need some relevant work experience onto a Master’s course. Many schools hire young graduates as gap year teachers following their graduation. This can be a great way to get experience.
What qualifications do I need for a career in Exercise science?
This will depend somewhat on the particular area of exercise science you wish to pursue. Generally, one or more A-levels in biology, chemistry, maths or science. If you want to pursue sport and exercise psychology, some courses may require a psychology A-level as well.

To pursue sports psychology, you’ll need a psychology degree that is recognised by the British Psychological Group (BPS). You’ll then need to study a Master’s degree that is recognised by the BPS. Master’s courses are competitive and you’ll likely need at least a 2:1 or a 2:2 with relevant experience. After this, you’ll need two years of supervised practice which will give you a stage 2 BPS qualification in Sport and Exercise Science. After that, you’ll officially be a qualified Sport and Exercise Psychologist! Congratulations!

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