Careers in Exercise Science

Careers available in the Exercise Science field vary greatly, from direct care of athletes, athletic administration or sports media, to education and health promotion in the school system or community setting. These sections outline the types of jobs you might find in certain fields, examples of employers, and strategies for landing your dream position.

Professional Sport Management

Including jobs in Marketing/Promotions, Concessions, Sales, Ticket Management, Telemarketing, Public Relations, Security, Facility Management, Law


  • Professional Sport Organizations
  • National Amateur Sport Governing Bodies
  • Unites States Olympic Training Center
  • Sport Marketing/Event Management Firms
  • Law Firms


  • Complete an internship at a sports event firm.
  • Work on-campus in the Athletic Department.
  • Attend state, regional, national conferences.
  • Get a summer job with a professional sport organization.
  • Work with the Big Blue Club.

Athletic Administration

Including jobs in Marketing/Promotions/Sales, Ticket Management, Operations/Events Manager, Concessions, Fundraising, Academic Counseling, Compliance, Sports Information.


  • College athletic departments
  • Amateur sport organizations
  • Sport governing bodies
  • Sport league conference offices
  • Event management firms
  • United States Olympic Training Center


  • Secure part-time summer job in concessions on campus or for local sports team or facilities.
  • Work with athletic booster clubs.
  • Complete apprenticeship on-campus in desired area.
  • Volunteer in Athletic Department in any capacity.
  • Secure part-time job usher, in ticketing, or in event operations.
  • Subscribe to "NCAA News".
  • Attend state, regional, and national conferences.

Event and Facility Management and Marketing

Including jobs in Special Events, Telemarketing, Retailing, Concessions, Marketing/Promotions, Campus Recreation


  • Pro Sport Organizations
  • Event Management Firms
  • County or Municipal Facilities
  • Parks and Recreation Departments
  • Sport Marketing Firms
  • Private Corporations


  • Work at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center in desired field.
  • Complete an apprentice ship at souvenir stand.
  • Attend state, regional, national conferences.
  • Get pool operator's certification.
  • Get a summer job working at any athletic or special event facility.
  • Work with the Big Blue Club.

Exercise Science and Fitness Management

Including Jobs in: Strength and Conditioning, Fitness Instructor, Research, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Personal Trainer


  • Corporate Fitness Facilities
  • Health Club/Wellness Centers
  • College Athletic Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Campus Recreation Department
  • Physical Therapy Clinics


  • Plan on attending graduate school.
  • Work in cardiac rehabilitation program.
  • Obtain summer and volunteer positions in Health Clubs.
  • Work with sport teams conditioning programs.
  • Become certified aerobic or group exercise instructor.
  • Subscribe to industry journals.
  • Join a professional association.
  • Attend state, regional and national conferences.
  • Work in a fitness center.

Sporting Goods Management and Sales

Including jobs in Retailing, Telemarketing, Manufacturer's Representative


  • Sporting Goods/Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing
  • Private Rep Firms
  • Professional Sport Teams
  • College Athletic Departments


  • Obtain summer jobs in sales area.
  • Complete independent study in product knowledge.
  • Attend Sporting Goods Super Show in Atlanta.
  • Attend state, regional and national conferences.
  • Work in souvenir or concessions stands.
  • Work with an organization selling signage, program ads, and group sales.

Sports Media

Including jobs in Sports Information, Public Relations, Promotions, Advertising Sales, Marketing, Sports Statistics, Sport History


  • Local television, newspapers and trade newspapers
  • Sport media outlets
  • College athletic departments
  • Professional sports teams
  • Race tracks
  • Bowl games
  • National governing bodies
  • Private promotion firms
  • Book firms


  • Work with campus media outlets.
  • Volunteer in college sports information.
  • Obtain summer jobs with minor league teams.
  • Volunteer to write sport management student/alumni newsletter.
  • Attend state, regional, and national conferences.
  • Study famous sports broadcasters.
  • Develop a portfolio of work to share including audiotapes, video tapes, press releases, writing samples

Undergraduate Awards

Outstanding Exercise Science & Sport Student:

Demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, exhibited a strong applied/performance element in their accomplishments, and contributed significantly to their department or program.

The 2020-2021 School Year Recipients are

  • Shae Giovanni - outstanding student in the Athletic Training program
  • Jensen Cearlock - outstanding student in the Health Promotion program
  • Donrico Farmer - outstanding student in the Physical Education program
  • Nicholas Nemeth - outstanding student in the Sport Management program

Exercise Science & Sport Leadership Award

Demonstrates innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments.

  • Serron Pettis - Sport Management major

Exercise Science & Sport Service Award

Encourages Millikin Exercise Science & Sport students to live a life of service. Their recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world.

  • Brandt Williamson - Physical Education major

Outstanding New Exercise Science & Sport Student

Shows exceptional promise and performs exceedingly well in the first two semesters as an Exercise Science & Sport major

  • Tessa Wiegand - Exercise Science major

Smith/Orlandini Award

This award is presented annually to students with a demonstrated financial need whose major is within the School of Exercise Science & Sport, have accumulated between 54 and 88 hours of academic credit and who possess, at a minimum, a 3.0/4.0 grade point average.

Walter Witt Award

Honoring a former superintendent of the Millikin University mail room, this award is presented annually to an outstanding and deserving junior student selected by the Chairman of the Physical Education Department, Director of Athletics and Dean of Admissions.

CW Barnes Award

This award honors Coral Windsor Barnes ’27, a descendant of Central Illinois pioneers, and a star quarter miler at Millikin University in the mid 1920s. It is presented to an outstanding student with a solid grade point average with preference for students in ESS.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Dale Minick Scholarship

 Established by Mr. Minick's family and friends to honor his memory, this scholarship is awarded annually to deserving students at Millikin University, with a preference for those with a declared major in the academic School of Exercise Science & Sport.

Smith/Orlandini Scholarship

An endowment created by Father Nicholas W. Smith, Millikin Class of 1983, to honor the Smith and Orlandini Families who have strong ties to Millikin University. This scholarship is awarded to students with a demonstrated financial need who have accumulated between 54 and 88 hours of academic credit and who possess, at a minimum, a 3.0/4.0 grade point average. Preference is given to students whose major is within the School of Exercise Science & Sport.

Charles & Helen Maxwell Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students in the School of Exercise Science & Sport.

Harlan E. Walley and Ruth Walley Scholarship

An annual award established by Mrs. Walley is presented to students in the School of Exercise Science & Sport with scholastic proficiency and financial need.

Merle and Beverly Chapman Scholarship

Established by the Millikin Quarterback Club, colleagues and friends, this scholarship honors Merle Chapman ‘59, and his extraordinary career as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Millikin. It also honors his wife, Beverly Chapman, an extraordinary teacher, faculty member, friend and supporter of Millikin University. It is awarded annually to a deserving junior or senior physical education major.

Don Shroyer Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is awarded annually to deserving students majoring in physical education. The scholarship was established by members of the Millikin University undefeated football team of 1961 in honor of Don Shroyer, Millikin class of 1950, who served as their coach during that historic season.

C.E. "Fuzz" Sutherd and Mildred Lingle Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to deserving physical education majors. Established by Mrs. Sutherd and Mr. and Mrs. G. William Harner, it honors honoring former Millikin athletic director C.E. “Fuzz” Sutherd and his wife, Mildred.