Sokanu rates Exercise Physiologists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 3,000 Exercise Physiologists. That number is based on 1,500 additional Exercise Physiologists, and the retirement of 1,400 existing Exercise Physiologists.
Demand for Exercise Physiologists
The field of exercise physiology is expanding. However, because of its small size, employment growth is expected to occur slowly. Demand should intensify as the healthcare industry emphasizes exercise and preventative care as part of treatment and rehabilitation programs. The persistent issue of obesity in both adults and children will likely generate additional openings. An increasingly active and health-conscious middle-aged and elderly population will lead to a higher incidence of athletic-related injuries and therefore create jobs for exercise physiologists. Greater awareness of sports-related injuries may present some opportunities, particularly with colleges, universities, and youth leagues. Increased focus on holistic healthcare practices may also have a positive impact on job prospects in the field.
As exercise physiology continues to be recognized as a vital member of the allied health professions, the outlook for this occupation will remain stable. These practitioners will be needed to work with both healthy clients and those with chronic diseases or medical concerns. This means that more exercise programs for cancer, cardiac, and pulmonary patients will be developed. Positions will therefore span clinical and non-clinical settings and should eventually grow in number. Competition for all openings is projected to remain strong.
Experienced exercise physiologists may advance to roles as athletic trainers or athletic directors. Those with advanced degrees may become researchers or physiology and anatomy educators.
Supply of Exercise Physiologists
The Exercise Physiologist industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.