There is growth in employment opportunities related to healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, fitness, and the physiology, psychology and physics of sports. These trends are in line with the increased world-wide interest in sports performance, continued research evidence of the importance of physical fitness in health and disease prevention, and the added implications that an ageing population has to all these interests.
Charles Sturt University's (CSU) courses in Exercise and Sports Sciences can lead you to exciting and rewarding careers in a variety of diverse areas.
If you are interested in a career focused on the rehabilitation of patients, you may choose to specialise as an exercise physiologist.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) are recognised allied health professionals who specialise in exercise interventions for people who have a high risk of developing, or already have chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries.
They design and deliver exercise programs. They have a wide range of knowledge and skills and work across a variety of areas in the health, exercise and sport science fields, and may specialise in:
Physiologists workplace duties include delivering an education and advice about health and physical activity and providing clients support to change to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Careers in exercise physiology are vast and varied and can include scientists, clinical researchers, clinicians and sports trainers.
Exercise rehabilitation physiologists are employed in a range of rehabilitation settings including private and public, government and non-government, hospitals and health practices.
Employment opportunities also exist within government and non-government agencies including WorkCover, Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career as a health consultant or you could choose to become involved with sports performance and threshold testing.
Accreditation as an exercise physiologist is exclusively through Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is available for university qualified health professionals who have met accreditation criteria set by the organisation. You must register for accreditation with ESSA if you wish to be a Medicare, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, health fund or WorkCover provider.
Are you searching for a career that combines your love for athletics, exercise, health and fitness? Exercise Scientists play a support role in assisting amateur and professional athletes with performance, injury rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning by implementing specialist training and conditioning programs. Exercise Scientists can also gain employment in physical rehabilitation clinics and other roles in the health, wellness and physical fitness industries.
CSU’s courses in Exercise and Sports Sciences can lead you to a range of exciting and rewarding employment opportunities, including:
CSU’s Bachelor of Exercise Science is a nationally accredited and registered award in tertiary education. This course is recognised by the peak international body, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the USA. The NSCA Education Recognition Program prepares students to become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs), a professional industry standard credential recognised worldwide. Graduates are therefore well placed to gain employment around the world.
Do you have a passion for health and wellbeing? Perhaps you are a natural-born leader with a desire to teach the vital health and welfare information required for students to lead active and healthy lives. If so, you should consider a career as a health and physical education teacher.
Health and physical education teachers ('PE teachers') create learning programs for students that link physical activities with issues related to health and wellbeing. Teachers instruct students in sports, recreational activities and healthy lifestyle issues, in order to encourage and develop physical fitness and skills, self-esteem and interpersonal skills.
PE teachers have well developed critical and reflective thinking, attitudes and skills necessary to enable them to work as a professional health and physical educator. CSU’s Health and Physical Education courses include periods of practical experience through workplace learning.
Health and physical education teachers are employed in public and private schools, entering the teaching service with the Department of Education and Training (DET), the independent schools, Catholic and Diocesan systems of schooling. Recognition of your degree will also see graduates employed overseas and in other Australian states. In addition to full-time roles within schools, there are some opportunities for relief or part-time work.
CSU's Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) is a nationally accredited and registered tertiary degree with the NSW Institute of Teachers.
Are you searching for a fast-paced career that combines your passion for sports and your love for writing? Sports journalism is a highly competitive career area where journalists are able to write and report on some of the most captivating sports events nationally and around the world. If you consider yourself a gifted wordsmith, are motivated by deadlines and have an interest in sports of all kinds then a career in sports journalism could be for you.
Sports studies and communication are among the fastest growing areas in contemporary society, the media and the sport and recreation industries.
As a sports journalist you could be given the opportunity to meet sporting heroes and elite athletes from many sporting codes. You will:
Job opportunities for sports journalists are diverse, and graduates can expect to find employment in areas such as:
CSU prides itself on teaching excellence in the core areas of exercise and sports sciences. Backed by a multidisciplinary and cutting-edge research profile, we aim to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed in a dynamic and modern employment sector. Students are provided opportunities to gain valuable industry experience, with subjects designed for professional practice placements and career management studies.
CSU provides a range of laboratory, exercise testing and sporting facilities to ensure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, including:
Through Charles Sturt University, exercise and sport scientists conduct research in the fields of Exercise Physiology and Physical Education in an attempt to improve sport equipment and training techniques.
Researchers may be employed by institutes and academies of sport, physiotherapy or allied health clinics, physical rehabilitation clinics and also the Defence Force to train soldiers and conduct research. Some sporting equipment manufacturers also employ exercise and sports scientists to help design equipment.
There is the opportunity for exercise and sports scientists to advance or focus their career through postgraduate qualifications.
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The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is Australia's premier sports training institute, internationally acknowledged as a world's best practice model for high performance athlete development. CSU is an Elite Athlete Friendly university.
The new postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology - Rehabilitation has been accredited by Exercise and Sports Sciences Australia (ESSA) under the National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP). This course is the only accredited Masters-level program in clinical exercise physiology delivered by distance education.
My study has provided the pathway to accreditation in exercise science and also exercise physiology. The hands-on nature of the course has made me confident in the various settings my work takes me – health promotion talks, group education and rehabilitation environments, laboratory settings, clinical work, hospitals and nursing homes.
"My study has provided the pathway to accreditation in exercise science and also exercise physiology. The hands-on nature of the course has made me confident in the various settings my work takes me – health promotion talks, group education and rehabilitation environments, laboratory settings, clinical work, hospitals and nursing homes.
“The staff also supported me to pursue related qualifications and experience outside of university specific study, which led to my involvement in youth athlete development, student peer leadership, university teaching roles, academic research, and my recognition as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the USA National Strength and Conditioning Association
CSU's School of Human Movement Studies has established itself as a national leader in providing programs in Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education and Sports Journalism.
CSU's Bachelor of Exercise Science is a course of study preparing students for a career in the exercise and sports industry.
CSU provides a range of laboratory, exercise testing and sporting facilities to ensure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace.
CSU's Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) is a nationally accredited and registered tertiary degree which facilitates employment as a health and physical education teacher.
CSU's Bachelor of Sports Science prepares students to meet the future needs of the sports industry in the specific area of sports science. The program is offered in blended mode via a combination of both on campus and distance education study.
Studying at Charles Sturt University has not only allowed me to expand my knowledge about the human body in an exercise and rehabilitation setting, but it has also opened up new opportunities that I wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise.