The rising costs of healthcare have placed a premium on nutrition and exercise. This trend also created an employment opportunity in the field of health and exercise science. Career requirements for this position will prepare you to work with patients in both medical and non medical settings to improve their holistic health.
Paving the Road
The diversity of the health field means that you can earn formal training in the particular discipline that meets your talents and interests. Candidates interested in a health and exercise science career can begin preparing in high school with courses in the natural sciences, human anatomy and physiology, and physical education. For entry to mid-level health position, such as nursing aid or clinic technician, training through a vocational school or community college is appropriate. For more advanced positions, earning an undergraduate degree from a college or university is typical.
Health Career Hopefuls
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related. There's never been a better time to earn a health certification. Training for specialized, non diagnosing health positions typically lead to a certificate or a degree at the associate, baccalaureate, or graduate level. However, about one-fifth of all hospital positions can be filled with only a high school diploma.
Exercise Science and Physiology
A couple of hot niches in the field of exercise science in the coming decade will be in physical therapy and exercise physiology. Physical therapists are required to earn a 2-year Master's degree or 3-year doctorate beyond their undergraduate training. The American Society of Exercise Physiologists reports that candidates wishing to enter the exercise physiology career field can do so by earning a doctorate degree with an emphasis in exercise physiology from an accredited college or university, as well as passing the Exercise Physiologist Certified exam.
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