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What is our Mission?

  • The goal of the Fitness Professional (FP) Concentration is to prepare students to assume roles as leaders in the fitness field and the area of fitness research. To accomplish this, students will obtain a minimum body of knowledge that will serve as the academic basis for a career within the fitness industry via classroom lectures, labs, and practical experiences. This blend of coursework and practical experience will assist the student in preparing for national fitness certification exams and career opportunities.

Why major in EXSS with a Fitness Professional Concentration?

  • If you like exercise and helping people, this major is for you!
  • Classes are more “applied” in nature, in which students “do” what they learn.
  • Classes are smaller near the end of your career. You’ll get to know your peers and professors very well!

What careers can I enter after graduation?

  • Several opportunities exist in helping both “healthy” and “clinical” populations
  • Career positions include: Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning, Health Fitness Specialist, Program Managers, Group Exercise Instructors, and Clinical Exercise Specialists.
  • A wide variety of settings employ Fitness Professionals:
    • “Healthy” Populations:
      • Commercials Gyms (i.e. Lifetime Fitness, etc)
      • Personal Training Studios
      • Corporate Fitness (i.e. IBM, CISCO, Fidelity, etc)
      • Community Fitness Centers (i.e. YMCA, Campus Recreation, etc)
      • University Strength and Conditioning (i.e. any NCAA DI-III college)
      • Athletic Performance Centers (i.e. Athletes’ Performance)
      • “Clinical” Populations:
        • Cancer (i.e. Get Real and Heel Breast Cancer Research Center)
        • Obesity (i.e. Duke Diet and Fitness Center)
        • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (i.e. UNC Wellness at Meadowmont)