ERIC Number: ED372053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-27
Educational and Career Development for the Exercise Science Major: An Introduction.
Physical education and exercise science are sometimes indistinguishable disciplines, though physical education's primary focus is on schools and school-aged children while exercise science focuses on nonschool settings and populations. As a discipline, exercise science can be broken down into scientific, clinical, and service aspects. Depending upon the academic department in which the exercise science program is housed, general requirements, program-specific curriculum, secondary fields of study, and electives vary widely among programs. Approximately one-third of the academic program comprises elective courses tailored to specific aspects of exercise science. Identified are 26 occupational titles, in addition to 26 occupational settings. Salary surveys suggest that individuals graduating with an undergraduate degree can expect to earn a mean income between $17,700 and $23,143 in most metropolitan areas, with the amount influenced by the type of degree and occupational setting. The credentialing of exercise science professionals is a monumental undertaking as they include a diverse group of occupations from aerobics instructor to orthopedic surgeon. Credentialing may be earned by the individual or the institution where the individual is educated or works, and may take the form of accreditation, licensure, registration, or certification. Appendixes list names and addresses of trade and professional associations and credentialing organizations. (Contains 18 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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