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10/25/2012

Don’t Worry Jeremy…A Job in Exercise Science Awaits

Jeremy Epstein, a 20-year old EXERCISE SCIENCE major asked the presidential candidates for reassurance for himself and his parents about post-graduation employment. Did the candidates realize that Jeremy is in a rapidly developing field with a plethora of opportunities! Exercise Science is a quietly booming program for the student who not only has the degree but who graduates with certifications, internships, and fieldwork experience. These acquired skills are what separate the USciences’ Exercise Science & Wellness Management majors from the rest of the competition.

A Field In Demand

Exercise Science & Wellness Management majors are in demand particularly in corporate wellness. More employers than ever are looking for exercise specialists, program directors and wellness managers to lower their company’s healthcare costs, improve productivity and employee morale. Human Resource Management (2006) states that 62% of employers already have wellness programs in place. The job growth of wellness professionals, particularly health educators, is expected to increase by 37% through 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012).  The healthcare reform provides for employers to incentivize employees to participate in wellness programs by offering a 20% reduction in healthcare premiums.  The incentive increases to 30% by 2014. The focus is now on preventive action and the Exercise Science & Wellness Management student is in desperately needed to lead the way. National initiatives such as Exercise is Medicine, Health People 2020, Couch to 5K, 10,000 Steps A Day and even treadmill workstations are now common in the corporate world.

Exercise Science & Wellness Management students may also find positions in colleges, high schools and community centers and recreation areas as strength & conditioning specialists, wellness directors, health educators, public health specialists and even as wellness coaching entrepreneurs.

Training and Certification Program Comes to USciences

USciences is hosting the National Wellness Institute Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist training and certification in April 2013.  Over 125 wellness practitioners and several of our students will partake in this intense training and national qualifying exam to become Certified Worksite Wellness Specialists. Our students who graduate from our accredited Exercise Science & Wellness Management program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 are also eligible to receive the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) designation. We offer our students certification classes in Professional Rescuer CPR/AED & First Aid and preparatory classes for the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer Exam and the National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam as well as provide instruction in vital sign assessments such as cholesterol and glucose testing, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance and biofeedback technology.

Don’t you worry, Jeremy…the Exercise Science & Wellness Management jobs are out there.  The American Journal of Health Promotion (2012) affirms that wellness is a billion dollar industry. Students from USciences are the qualified professionals who will be hired for these positions without someone telling them “the future is bright.” We already know it is.

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