The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for professional careers in fitness. Thanks to our unique, science-based program, Exercise Science majors can take advantage of rapidly growing employment opportunities in exercise and health programs.
Many graduates of this program enjoy successful careers as fitness specialists in health clubs and sports-medicine centers. They also find employment as fitness leaders, technicians, health-promotion specialists and directors in corporate fitness and health-promotion programs. Students enrolled in the program will have opportunities to get certified by accredited agencies such as the National Council on Strength and Fitness as a Certified Personal Trainer or Certified Strength Coach.
This program is the only one of its kind to offer three levels of field experience, which take place in a wide range of professional settings. For example, Kean students have interned at facilities such as Trinitas Hospital, RWJ Barnabas Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Fitness and Wellness, the New York Jets, Ford Motor company, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Planning on Applying to Physical Therapy or Athletic Training? Our new Pre-Physical Therapy/Athletic Training Option will prepare students by offering prerequisite courses commonly required by physical therapy and athletic training graduate programs.
"My professors made coming to class fun and enjoyable! I learned more than I could imagine while still maintaining my dance career. Everything I learned within this program has also shaped me into a better student and fitness professional."
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Recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that jobs in fitness and recreation are among the fastest growing in the nation, and include the following careers:
- Physical education teacher
- Health club manager
- Fitness instructor
- Recreation center director
- Health and wellness coordinator
- Yoga and Pilates instructor
- Community health educator
- Exercise physiologist
- Clinical exercise specialist
- Strength and conditioning coach
Kean physical education graduates are top professionals in education, government, administration, hospitals and clinics, sharing strategies for healthier living.
Exercise science graduates work on health and wellness teams in corporate, clinical, community and commercial environments researching health behaviors and risk factors, conducting assessments, designing remediation programs, and motivating individuals to make healthy choices to improve their well-being.
Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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