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Sport and Exercise Scientist

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Sport and exercise scientists work to improve both sporting performance and general health by applying scientific knowledge of physiology, biomechanics and psychology. You would usually specialise as either a sports scientist or an exercise scientist.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for sports scientists range from around £20,000 to £35,000 or more a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You should have a strong interest and some ability in sports, and also an interest in science. There are two main entry routes.

There are limited jobs and entry is very competitive. You might work in a university, further education college or with a sporting body, such as sportscotland, a national sports governing body, British Olympic Association, a sport club, a sports council, sports medicine centre or a commercial sports performance centre.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
4270
3.1 %
RISE
2024
4403
  United Kingdom
2019
35481
2.2 %
RISE
2024
36259

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
Tel: 0113 8126162
E-mail: enquiries@bases.org.uk
Website: http://www.bases.org.uk/
Twitter: @basesuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/basesuk

SkillsActive
Tel: 0330 004 0005
Website: http://www.skillsactive.com/
Twitter: @SkillsActive
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkillsActive

SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for active leisure and learning, including sport, recreation, health and fitness, outdoor education and adventure.

sportscotland
Tel: 0141 534 6500
Website: http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/
Twitter: @sportscotland

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