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Amanda16 in Brooklyn, New York said: I am currently pursuing my masters in Exercise Science and Rehab. I would like to work in Cardiac Rehab after graduating and getting my ACSM certification in CES and RCEP. However, after reading these posts I am not sure whether or not it was a smart decision to continue with my masters degree in this field. It seems as thought it is very difficult for graduates to obtain jobs in this field and judging from the comments the salary is not quite what it should be. Do many exercise physiologists that work in the field for a couple of years end up returning to school for a different career path? Is it true that RNs can perform the same tasks that an exercise physiologist can do for cardiac rehab patients? Smart move I made in my career was leaving the field of exercise physiology. You will realize you saved money, have more value, and can bill. Exercise Physiolgists are the first ones to be laid off in a hospital, and RN’s and PTA’s/PT’s are more valueable to do cardiac rehab, and stress tests. I worked full time as a Exercise Physiologist making 30k and decided to leave and become a RN, I make more money and work side by side with a Ex phys and make 15 dollars more and can find a job anywhere. CNP’s are now going to possibly phase out Exercise Physiologists in the hospital doing cardiac rehab. Nursing is a field that is growing and will never fall. Don’t listen to those dumb professors trying to promote the Masters and PHD. People I graduated with PHD’s can’t find jobs as professors. Plus you can make more than them as a RN if you move up. Spread the word! Leave the field ASAP!
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Kirsten in Australia said: Hi everyone, I am from Australia and currently working as an accredited exercise physiologist. I am moving to California next year and was wondering what accreditation was required to work as an exercise physiologist or cardiac scientist/technician? Is there a difference between an exercise physiologist and physical therapist in America, as in Australia the term is interchangeable. Any advice or feedback would be appreciated! EPs is a more recognized profession in Australia than the U.S. The requirements will vary depending on the hospital. I would look into the hospitals you are interested in. Typically an ACSM RCEP and ACLS certification if you want to work in cardiac rehab. A lot of the time, nurses do get those jobs “first” but over time the field has become more welcoming to this new profession. Professions expand all the time. There is a large difference between an EP and PT as PTs are nationally and state recognized. PTs earn more money as well. I almost got into PT but decided to go the unpopular route. So it’s whatever floats your boat. “Professional” is relative. It is also possible for PTs and EPs work along side each other and complement each other’s work. I will say, if the EP field does not flourish in the healthcare field, I don’t feel like I’ve lost my career. I’d have much mroe joy going back into general personal training than I would as a PT.
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NORTHPHYS in London, United Kingdom said: Hi there, I’m an Exercise Physiologist (from a non clinical background). I’m currently recruiting clinical physiologists, and I have had a number of applicants with the ACSM CES accreditation. I understand that this is popular accreditation in the states, and although it is highly recognised in the UK, it is less familiar. Would you know where I could get a sample certificate from? or indeed if you have one yourself would you mind if i viewed it? as it is taking too long to check with ACSM who has a valid accreditation! What do you mean a sample certificate? that means you are waiting on ACSM to respond to see if their certifications are valid? I’m confused, if they are to lie about their certification number, what would stop them from making up a phony certificate. If you’re still waiting, then I’d rather look at their education and get referenes from their clinical background.

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Amanda, John, you should join LinkedIn and join the ACSM groups for additional advice. I’m sorry you didn’t get the hours but I found that when I was in school, it was the easiest way for me to get my hours because internships was part of my exercise physiology program. The field is not large enough and finding a paid internship would be near impossible. The only paid internship I can think of is in research, but that won’t help the RCEP exam too much unless there is something clinical about it. Depending where you live, I find it unlikely a job would require you to have a ACSM RCEP, as it is normally only a suggested certification or maybe the CES certification as the minimum. Having a ACSM RCEP just gives you that “bump” in getting hired and maybe better pay. I would suggest looking at cardiac rehabs, hospitals, diabetes centers, bariatric weight loss clinics to start. You might get an entry level job first, but whatever it takes to move up. I did not want to work for a gym, be a personal trainer, or a group exercise instructor, but I did it because most facilities hiring a clinical exercise professional would prefer they have a general knowledge of that anyway.
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Host said: What is the best training for becoming an exercise physiologist? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective exercise physiologist? What do non-traditional career paths look like? It looks like this thread is nearly 5 years old now but gets gradual comments and I want to share with everyone the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). ASEP is trying to turn this depressing situation around! All the comments above describe the general dismay of graduating with an undergrad or graduate degree only to find a lack of viable job opportunities. ASEP is working to do many things, but the two major points are 1) accredit academic exercise physiology programs in order to 2) prepare students/ExSci grads to challenge and pass a board certification exam (EPC) to practice and prescribe exercise medicine in a proactive health model that parallels the medical treatment model in our society. We must realize this will not immediately resolve the lack of jobs that cause these frustrations, but it is the first steps. ASEP created the first Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics for Exercise Physiologists. This established ASEP as our professional organization. No other certifying organization in America can say it is only of, for, and by Exercise Physiologists. So, as a first step, I encourage all EPs from any degree title under the Exercise Science ‘umbrella’ to visit www.asep.org to learn more, become a member and become board certified just as other healthcare professionals complete their degree work and then challenge board exams to become board-certified and thus, accepted as proficient professionals in their field. There is power in being affiliated with your professional organization and having the title whether you are building your own “non-traditional” opportunities or want to stand out in your next job application! Make it yours and own it!
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If you get a GA position and get paid to go for free might as well take it since there is no jobs in this field (I posted here recently and am the same person). I am certified by ACSM-CPT and work within the field. It’s stable but not the best pay. ACSMs magazine and Faculty posted they are fighting for the Clinical Exercise Physiologist, but it won’t be a while for that. They are phonies doing research on common sense and trying to promote people being certified as well as join a extremely over flooded field. Honestly the Faculty of ACSM are a bunch of liars and crooks trying to promote the field. Even some of their faculty teach at nursing schools. If you cardiac rehab but you should get it being a RN/BSN and get paid a lot more to do it. At our place the Exercise Phys was the first to be laid off during the recession. The Nurses still did cardiac rehab. I’m getting out of this field, its a plateau in my career and I feel like I am a underachiever. People with no degrees make more than me.
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Hi everyone, I am from Australia and currently working as an accredited exercise physiologist. I am moving to California next year and was wondering what accreditation was required to work as an exercise physiologist or cardiac scientist/technician? Is there a difference between an exercise physiologist and physical therapist in America, as in Australia the term is interchangeable. Any advice or feedback would be appreciated!

Acsm Exercise Physiologist

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists® are healthcare professionals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and practical experience who provide exercise-related consulting for research, public health, and other clinical and non-clinical services and programs. In addition to prescribing exercise and lifestyle management, ACSM CEPs are also qualified to manage cardiac and pulmonary risks, training, and rehabilitation.