Career Pathways

What is exercise and sport science?

Exercise and sport science is a broad category that encompasses expert education, guidance and services from leaders in sport, exercise and wellness disciplines. The UWS exercise and sport science program focuses on fitness, wellness and health promotion. Health and wellness is a fast-growing industry that is expected to continue its upward momentum for years to come. Businesses are starting to see its value, investing in corporate wellness programs, and individuals consistently seek ways to infuse healthier, more mindful practices into their daily lives.

Benefits of the ESS program at UWS

Prep and Discount on CSCS Exam
The ESS program is a NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Recognized Program, which means our students are prepared for and receive a discount on the CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) examination.

Qualified Exams

UWS exercise and sport science graduates are qualified to sit for the following certifications:

  • ACSM/NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSPS)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)


An exercise and sport science master’s program provides a pathway to PhD and other advanced degrees, while opening the door to multidisciplinary care. It can give you advanced standing in your field and provide more career opportunities in the health and wellness industry. There’s no one-size-fits-all occupation for wellness professionals, so follow your passion, develop your skills and pave your own way to a career you love.

Nutrition-related exercise and sport science careers include:

  • nutritionist
  • health coach
  • life coach
  • wellness coach
  • personal trainer

Health and wellness promotion-related exercise and sport science careers include:

  • corporate wellness director
  • wellness business owner
  • health coach
  • life coach
  • wellness coach