Exercise science can lead to influential jobs

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

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An exercise science major can lead you to a number of influential careers. [Logan A. White / Times-News correspondent

EDITOR’S NOTE:Teens & 20s writer Logan A. White discusses college majors and applicable career choices in this monthly column.

Exercise science is an often overlooked course of study that has become increasingly important in the age of athletic entertainment. Behind every athlete, there’s a team of specialists keeping their bodies running smoothly — and these scientists extend their services to more than the sports stars. From personal trainers to massage therapists, the science of how humans move is a necessary part of our daily lives.

Exercise science can lead to three influential jobs:
1. Ergonomist — In this industrial age, we all type on a keyboard, drive to a destination and enjoy music using earbuds. If you ever wonder why these necessities are so comfortable to use, ergonomics is to thank. From backpacks that lessen their load to chairs for long-distance space missions, many different careers and fields are open for an ergonomist to explore. In the United States, these scientists are required to have a master’s degree in ergonomics or a related field, along with three years of professional experience, before they can undergo certification, according to academicinvest.com.
 2. Prosthetist — Amputation may seem like a procedure of the 1800s, but according to AdvancedAmputees.com, more than 2 million amputees are currently living in the U.S. Prosthetics can help give those who are missing limbs some semblance of normalcy in their day-to-day lives — and that’s where prosthetists come in. Due to the highly specialized nature of this field, exercise scientists who become prosthetists must first obtain a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics, followed by a yearlong residency. But the reward is definitely worth the wait, because prosthetists have the chance to change lives, one limb at a time.
   3. Sports Scout — If you were a student athlete, whether in high school or college, you don’t have to sacrifice your love of sports for school. Scouts are one of the most crucial positions on a professional team — they discover new talent and enjoy the game that they grew to love. Scouts can begin their career with just a bachelor’s degree and a decent amount of experience, according to study.com. There’s no better way to give back to your favorite pastime than helping up-and-coming athletes find their footing in the world of professional sports. Plus, they get to pursue a lifelong passion through others.
If you think exercise science might be the career for you, don’t hesitate to pursue your interests. This major can take you from developing a mission to Mars to helping America’s veterans to spotting new stars of sports.

Logan A. White is a Teens & 20s writer and a home-schooled high school graduate.

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