Published: 18 February 2020

Top jobs with a sport and exercise science degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in sport and exercise science, and discover some of the jobs that await Surrey Sport and Exercise Science graduates.


A sport and exercise science degree can open doors to a wide range of varied careers in professional sport, health promotion, education and research.

Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Surrey is currently ranked 9th by the Complete University Guide 2020 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. Our students benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories, the world-class sporting facilities at Surrey Sports Park, and our collaboration with Surrey Clinical Research Centre. There is also a range of Professional Training placement opportunities, which provide students with the chance to gain experience in a real-world working environment and enhance their graduate employability.

Our Sport and Exercise Science degree is also endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals, enabling students to complete Gym Instructor, Personal Training and Exercise Referral qualifications by undertaking some additional assessments alongside studying for their degree.


"The Sport and Exercise Science academic staff are brilliant at Surrey; you can really tell that they are passionate about the subject. Any questions that I’ve asked have always been answered very quickly, whether it be about lectures or other parts of university life."

–  Izzie Coomber, BSc Sport and Exercise Science

Careers with a sport and exercise science degree

Surrey Sport and Exercise Science graduates can enter a range of varied careers, including sport science support, performance coaching, health screening and intervention, exercise referrals, postgraduate study, and research. A degree in sport and exercise science can also help you to gain entry onto a PGCE PE programme, in order to begin a career in education.

Jobs directly related to an economics degree include:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Performance analyst
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports coach
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports therapist.


However, a degree in sport and exercise science will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles. These includes:

  • Choreographer
  • Clinical scientist
  • Event manager
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Lecturer
  • Nutritionist
  • Outdoor activities manager
  • Sport and exercise psychologist.

"A particular highlight for me was being given the opportunity to attend British Nationals with the team. This was such a fantastic experience which gave me a greater insight into the role of Sport Science at more elite events." 

–  Louise Brunt, BSc Sport and Exercise Science

Sport and exercise science graduate jobs

Typical employers recruiting sport and exercise science graduates include:

  • National sporting associations
  • Sport performance laboratories
  • Nutritional companies
  • Research institutes
  • Sports organisations
  • Health organisations, including the NHS
  • Schools and universities
  • Local authorities 
  • Sports clubs
  • Health and fitness clubs and facilities.

"I would 100 per cent recommend a placement year as it gives you a platform to gain valuable experience that you can use effectively in the workplace. Additionally, it makes you more employable by making you stand out from the crowd."

–  Andrew Stevens, BSc Sport and Exercise Science

Discover more about our sport and exercise science degree, our Professional Training placement scheme and read about a week in the life of a sport and exercise science student.

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