Sport & Exercise Science

Sport & Exercise Science is about the science of human movement in the context of sport and physical exercise.

Studying in this area involves learning about how to improve people's sporting performance, health and fitness.

This includes learning about how the body works, exercise physiology, movement, strength, physical conditioning, fitness, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Fitness consultant
  • Personal trainer
  • Coach
  • Athlete
  • Athletic trainer
  • Fitness trainer
  • Aerobics instructor
  • Injury prevention consultant
  • Rehabilitation advisor
  • Life-guard
  • Gym manager
  • Rehabilitation case manager
  • Sport equipment sales representative
  • Physical education teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


132% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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