Exercise Physiologists assess, plan and implement exercise programs for preventing and managing chronic diseases and injuries, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer and arthritis, and assist in restoring optimal physical function, and health and wellness.

    A bachelor degree in science majoring in exercise and sports, exercise and rehabilitation, health science, or a related field is needed to work as an Exercise Physiologist. Many Exercise Physiologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Assists and improves the function of muscles through physical activity and exercise programs.
    • Administers a variety of tests to identify and assess physical problems and ailments of patients.
    • Plans and discusses effective management of patients' disabilities, weight, injury or fitness.
    • Designs, reviews, monitors, assesses and evaluates fitness/treatment programmes.
    • Records detailed patient medical histories, exercise undertaken and the patients' responses and progress under exercise programs.
    • Refers patients to specialists and liaises with other health professionals in relation to patients' problems, needs and progress.
    • Educates patients, their partners, family and friends in rehabilitation procedures, such as home exercises and lifestyle changes, to enhance patients' health and wellbeing.

    All Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals

    • $2,094 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Exercise Physiologists

    • 2,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 66% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 28 years Average age
    • 52% female Gender Share

    This is an emerging occupation, included in the Australian Census for the first time in 2016

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Exercise Physiologists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Arts and Recreation Services; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (66%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 28 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 52% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance72.2
    Arts and Recreation Services9.2
    Education and Training6.1
    Other Services3.9
    Other Industries8.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateExercise PhysiologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.331.6
    VIC21.325.6
    QLD24.420.0
    SA5.47.0
    WA11.610.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT2.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketExercise PhysiologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-2419.1-9.39.3
    25-3459.0-22.922.9
    35-4414.6-22.022.0
    45-544.7-21.621.6
    55-591.7-9.09.0
    60-640.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationExercise PhysiologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate43.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree53.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 121.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in science majoring in exercise and sports, exercise and rehabilitation, health science, or a related field is needed to work as an Exercise Physiologist. Many Exercise Physiologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Membership with Exercise & Sports Science Australia may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate
    • be up to date with immunisations

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    1. Customer and Personal Service

      74% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Education and Training

      72% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Psychology

      67% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Biology

      66% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    5. English Language

      63% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      99% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Electronic Mail

      96% Important

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    3. Contact With Others

      95% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    4. Physical Proximity

      94% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      94% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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