Salaries can vary greatly depending on the type of employer.
Exercise physiologists employed in the sports sector may earn £18,000 to £35,000. For those working in high-profile sport science, salaries can exceed £60,000 and may reach up to £100,000.
Clinical exercise physiologists working in the National Health Service (NHS) are usually covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) Pay Rates. You would typically start at the lower end of Band 5 (£21,478 to £27,901) and would need to undertake a considerable amount of continuing professional development (CPD) to progress up the pay scale.
Salaries for exercise physiology lecturers in higher education start in the region of £30,500. Details of the pay scale for lecturers can be found at the University and College Union (UCU).
Working hours are irregular and include evenings and weekends to cover appointments with clients. When on tour or at training camps with athletes or teams, working hours may be long.
Exercise physiologists working within sport usually work either in a laboratory or in the field. Those working as clinical exercise physiologists are typically based in hospitals, medical centres and private healthcare organisations.
Part-time work and self-employment is possible. Consultancy work is also available for experienced and accredited physiologists.
Although career opportunities available to sport and exercise physiologists are currently expanding, competition for jobs is fierce and considerable postgraduate training/experience is usually required.
Dress code depends on the particular area of work. A uniform is often supplied or appropriately smart sportswear is expected.
Opportunities exist across the UK and abroad.
Travel and time away from home may be required to attend training camps, competitions, fixtures and events.
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