"Community Wellness and
seeks to address and improve the conditions within the dimensions of
wellness. The Exercise Science professional may work in many of
Because the settings will
vary, movement-related therapy will differ depending on the client
population and the variety of chronic conditions:
- Recreation Therapy (games, activities)
- Water-based therapy (aerobic, arthritis, obese exercise class)
- Fitness programming
-Cardiac rehab (phase III)
- Nutrition education
Your responsibilities will include initial health assessments, exercise
programming, exercise supervision and interacting with clients on a
personal level to enhance their progress.
Job settings typically are large, non profit
organizations that provide wellness, fitness, and other wellness
related programming. These organizations may be in a single community,
or be nation-wide.
The clients may represent a cross section of the
community racially, socially and economically. Some programs may be for
children, while others are for the elderly. Yet others may serve the
fit or unfit, obese, and in some cases provide programming in
collaboration with area public schools. Some may also serve in a
corporate fitness role, collaborating with area businesses.
What do you need to be
Degree in an Exercise, Health, or Recreation related field. CPR and
First Aid certification usually required. Sometimes Assisted
Living Activities Certification preferred.
working with a range of client populations, including elderly, children
and individuals with a variety of special conditions (arthritis,
Parkinson's, diabetes etc.)
is the pay?
Part-time pay may be hourly ($10-15), while pay
for full time fitness and wellness staff may range from $25-35K for
Some examples of