Sports scientist

Sports scientists use knowledge of how the body works to help people improve their health or sporting ability.

Potential salary
£18,000 to £60,000
Working hours
37 to 39 a week
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to read English
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You'll typically:

  • work with sports coaches and sports therapists to improve the performance of individuals and teams
  • work with doctors to help people improve their health through exercise
  • work with hospitals and other health organisations in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation
  • take part in research projects
  • offer advice on the design and manufacture of sports equipment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, on a sports field, at a research facility, in an office, at a client's business or at a fitness centre.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You could find work with universities, schools and colleges, large sporting organisations, public and private enterprises and local authorities. It's also possible to become self-employed or to work as a consultant.

You could also move into a related career area, like sports development or performance testing and research.

You'll find more advice on careers in sports science from The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Data from National Careers Service.
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