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Helping you find a career as a Sports Scientist

As a sport and exercise scientist you will help people to improve their sporting performance and general health.


What does a Sports Scientist do?
Your duties will include:
  • Supporting athletes or sports clubs with expert scientific back up.

  • Working with other professionals, e.g. coaches, physiotherapists and dietitians

  • Analysing and trying to improve a person’s health

  • Meeting with clients to review their improvement and provide a structured programme of recovery

  • Detailing and proposing preventative treatments

  • Working closely with GP’s and primary care trusts for specialist’s subjects such as cardiology and respiratory problems

  • Meeting with clients

  • Giving talks in local leisure centres

  • Staying on top of sport and exercise developments
What skills and interests should an Sports Scientist have?
  • An excellent communicator

  • Well-spoken and clear

  • Great at building relationships

  • A good team player

  • Knowledgeable in their own field

  • Great interpersonal skills

  • Good at research and problem solving

  • Accurate in their work

  • Organised and great at time management

  • Skilled in computer work
What hours does a Sports Scientist typically do?
Sport and exercise scientists working in research often work a set 38-hours a week. Though, those who work for athletes or sports clubs may work less regular hours and in the evenings and weekends.
What environment is a Sports Scientist based in?
You may be based in a clinical environment, a leisure centre, a sports club, a gym or even work from home.
How much does a Sports Scientist travel?
Your job may require you to travel between clients; depending on where your clients are, you may also be required to travel abroad.
How much does a Sports Scientist get paid?
You can earn between £18,000 and £35,000 per annum. Though, if you are working in a high-profile settings, salaries can exceed £60,000 per annum and may reach up to £100,000.
Perks & benefits
Travel opportunities.
What qualifications does a Sports Scientist need?
You will need a degree in sports science or a closely-related subject.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
  • Sports science

  • Physiology

  • Biomechanics

  • Psychology
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