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Fitness Careers Using an Exercise Science Online Degree

written by: Cheryl Gabbert•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 1/8/2010

Exercise science is a broad field covering many of the aspects of fitness, exercise, and healthy lifestyle. If you are involved in fitness, you might wish to further your education with an exercise science online degree. Jobs in exercise science are promising with more people focusing on fitness.

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    Exercise Science

    Are you totally into fitness? If you love the idea of working with people to help them attain a healthy lifestyle through fitness and exercise, a bachelors degree in exercise science might be for you. Online exercise science degrees can be the catalyst for a career in a hospital, weight loss center, community center, rehabilitation center, cruise ship, home, resort, spa, or fitness center. The average salary for a fitness specialist is around $50,000 a year. Jobs in exercise science are on the rise too, with more and more people becoming more serious about their health and well-being. Whether you are looking to become a personal trainer, athletic trainer, or administrative fitness specialist, you'll be on the right track with an exercise science online degree. Group fitness trainers, personal trainers, and lifestyle and weight management consultants can benefit from a bachelors degree in exercise science. ACE, the American Council on Exercise offers certification exams in these areas of study, and is one of the most well respected certification associations in the fitness field.

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    What to Look for in a Program

    Online programs of study in the fitness and exercise field should be accredited by some overseeing organization. Exercise science is a broad field of study that can include degrees such as personal trainer, health and wellness, or exercise physiology. Certification exams may be necessary in some fields of study. Before you decide which type of degree to pursue, be sure to check out facts like job availability, average salary, and required certification procedures before choosing a program of study. Also take a look at each program's specific guidelines. Make sure the program you choose is accredited in full. Consider the time that will be required to complete the degree, and if there is any clinical time required. Also check to make sure you can complete any required clinical time close to home. Weigh all these factors before you make a decision regarding a specific degree program.

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    Exercise Science Degree Programs

    National American University has an online bachelors degree in athletic training, an area related to exercise science. Athletic trainers work with sports coaches and in fitness centers. The program at National American University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Traditional financial aid programs are available with this exercise science online degree.

    Kaplan University offers an accredited bachelors degree in health and wellness. This degree will prepare students to work in the fitness industry. Tuition at Kaplan University is $353 per credit hour. This is a highly respected online learning institution. The degree is very broad, and can assist you in a variety of fitness-related fields.

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    3. Ace Fitness Certifications: