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Exercise Physiologists - 29-1128.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assess, plan, or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, or flexibility.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bariatric Weight Loss Counselor
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (EPC)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Assess physical performance requirements to aid in the development of individualized recovery or rehabilitation exercise programs.
  • Calibrate exercise or testing equipment.
  • Conduct stress tests, using electrocardiograph (EKG) machines.
  • Demonstrate correct use of exercise equipment or performance of exercise routines.
  • Develop exercise programs to improve participant strength, flexibility, endurance, or circulatory functioning, in accordance with exercise science standards, regulatory requirements, and credentialing requirements.
  • Educate athletes or coaches on techniques to improve athletic performance, such as heart rate monitoring, recovery techniques, hydration strategies, or training limits.
  • Evaluate staff performance in leading group exercise or conducting diagnostic tests.
  • Explain exercise program or physiological testing procedures to participants.
  • Interpret exercise program participant data to evaluate progress or identify needed program changes.
  • Interview participants to obtain medical history or assess participant goals.
  • Measure amount of body fat, using such equipment as hydrostatic scale, skinfold calipers, or tape measures.
  • Measure oxygen consumption or lung functioning, using spirometers.
  • Mentor or train staff to lead group exercise.
  • Order or recommend diagnostic procedures, such as stress tests, drug screenings, or urinary tests.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests of blood samples for cholesterol level or glucose tolerance.
  • Plan or conduct exercise physiology research projects.
  • Prescribe individualized exercise programs, specifying equipment, such as treadmill, exercise bicycle, ergometers, or perceptual goggles.
  • Present exercise knowledge, program information, or research study findings at professional meetings or conferences.
  • Provide clinical oversight of exercise for participants at all risk levels.
  • Provide emergency or other appropriate medical care to participants with symptoms or signs of physical distress.
  • Recommend methods to increase lifestyle physical activity.
  • Supervise maintenance of exercise or exercise testing equipment.
  • Teach behavior modification classes related to topics such as stress management or weight control.
  • Teach courses or seminars related to exercise or diet for patients, athletes, or community groups.
  • Teach group exercise for low-, medium-, or high-risk clients to improve participant strength, flexibility, endurance, or circulatory functioning.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise athletes, coaches, or trainers on exercise regimens, nutrition, or equipment use.
  • Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Develop exercise or conditioning programs.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Present medical research reports.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Teach exercise or fitness techniques.
  • Teach health management classes.
  • Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions.
  • Test patient heart or lung functioning.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
  • Treat medical emergencies.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aerospace and Operational Physiology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace and Operational Physiology Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace and Operational Physiology Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace and Operational Physiology Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace and Operational Physiology Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace and Operational Physiology Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Physiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Physiologist (Space Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Command Fitness Leader (CFL) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Force Fitness Instructor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Force Fitness Instructor Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist, Special Warfare (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • USMA, Professor of Physical Education (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

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