Career Options

Careers for Applied Exercise Science Majors

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Fitness Club General Manager
  • Fitness and Wellness Director
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Students may also pursue graduate degrees in the following areas:

  • Kinesiology
  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Allied Health
  • Sports Psychology

Starting Salary*

According to, an exercise science major typically starts at $32,500 per year. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $47,932.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.