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KINESIOLOGIST: Helping Injured Employees Return To Work

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This kinesiologist performs evaluations to assess if someone can return to work after an injury. She advises students to take their studies seriously because even if you don't know what you want to be right now, your education will still be valuable when you figure it out.

School: UC Davis - San Jose State University
Degree: Neurobiology and Neurosciences - Exercise Physiology
Job Title: Kinesiologist

Job Summary: Exercise Physiologist

Job Description

An exercise physiologist uses physical activities to help patients improve and maintain their health conditions. Doctors often prescribe exercise for patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes, cardiac (heart) disease or pulmonary (lung) disease. For these patients, exercise is a type of medical treatment, just like surgery or prescription drugs. Doctors refer these patients to exercise physiologists to ensure that the patient benefits from a medically sound, personalized exercise program.

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Additional Info

Sports medicine and athletic training facilities employ exercise physiologists to create programs that help athletes reduce the number of injuries and recover faster from them. Makers of athletic equipment hire exercise physiologists to design sports gear. Exercise Physiologists also run their own businesses as sports or athletic performance consultants.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 28 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Empathy, Likes working with hands

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m='24130'>if</span> <span m='24190'>they</span> <span m='24300'>have</span> <span m='24470'>to</span> <span m='24610'>lift</span> <span m='25230'>20</span> <span m='25580'>pounds</span> <span m='25960'>at</span> <span m='26020'>their</span> <span m='26140'>job,</span> <span m='26640'>I</span> <span m='26985'>assess</span> <span m='27330'>if</span> <span m='27450'>they are</span> <span m='27680'>able</span> <span m='27980'>to</span> <span m='28090'>do</span> <span m='28250'>that</span> <span m='28440'>kind</span> <span m='28740'>of</span> <span m='28850'>lift.</span> </p><p><span m='29740'>I</span> <span m='30340'>did</span> <span m='30490'>my</span> <span m='30670'>undergraduate</span> <span m='31450'>at</span> <span m='31610'>UC</span> <span m='31890'>Davis,</span> <span m='32330'>and</span> <span m='32530'>I</span> <span m='32680'>got</span> <span m='33320'>my</span> <span m='33560'>degree</span> <span m='33980'>in</span> <span m='34090'>neurobiology.</span> <span 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