Exercise Physiologists assess, plan and implement exercise programs for preventing and managing chronic diseases and injuries, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer and arthritis, and assist in restoring optimal physical function, and health and wellness.
Assists and improves the function of muscles through physical activity and exercise programs.
Administers a variety of tests to identify and assess physical problems and ailments of patients.
Plans and discusses effective management of patients' disabilities, weight, injury or fitness.
Designs, reviews, monitors, assesses and evaluates fitness/treatment programmes.
Records detailed patient medical histories, exercise undertaken and the patients' responses and progress under exercise programs.
Refers patients to specialists and liaises with other health professionals in relation to patients' problems, needs and progress.
Educates patients, their partners, family and friends in rehabilitation procedures, such as home exercises and lifestyle changes, to enhance patients' health and wellbeing.
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Earnings and hours
Around 66% of people employed as Exercise Physiologists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Exercise Physiologists||All Jobs Average|
Around 66% of Exercise Physiologists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Exercise Physiologists is 28 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 52% of the workforce. This is 4 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Exercise Physiologists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||0.3||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in science majoring in exercise and sports, exercise and rehabilitation, health science, or a related field is needed to work as an Exercise Physiologist. Some workers have a postgraduate qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Exercise Physiologists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||43.5||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Teaching people how to do something.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
54%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
52%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
50%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
48%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Using maths to solve problems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
74%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
72%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
59%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
58%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
58%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
53%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
47%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
47%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
41%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
40%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
36%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
35%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
32%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Communicate by speaking.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
41%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
See details that are far away.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
77%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
71%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
70%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
69%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
69%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
68%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
67%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
67%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
67%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
65%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
65%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
65%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
65%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
62%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
61%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
61%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
55%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
49%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
47%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
95%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
94%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
94%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
87%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Work with people in a group or team.
79%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
79%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
74%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
71%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
71%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
69%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
67%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
67%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
Work to strict deadlines.
64%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
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