This page contains information for ESSA Student Members on understanding how to find a job and the basic knowledge areas for each profession.
Tips for Job Hunting
Jobs are advertising on a range of different online platforms including social media, job portals and LinkedIn. To get the best results, mix up your job search using both online portals and networking. Here are some tips for getting the best results:
Use broad search terms - You may not have a great response when searching using the specific job title like ‘Exercise Scientist’. Use broader search terms related to your skills set and knowledge. For example, physical activity, occupational rehabilitation, exercise, clinical exercise, athletes etc.
Pick up the phone - When you see a job that you like the look of, note the recruitment agency or the name of the person that is recruiting. Give them a call them to make yourself known and ask if they regularly recruit similar roles.
Be Organised - Make a spreadsheet of everyone you have talked to and follow up with key contacts on a regular basis - this is a great ‘networking’ resource.
• Stand out from the crowd – for tips on differentiating yourself from the competition, click here.
Make sure employers can find you – Make sure your details are up to date on the “Find an Accredited Member” section of the ESSA website.
Where to find Jobs
Jobs a regularly posted on the ESSA website and your state chapter Facebook group, so make sure you keep an eye on these resources.
These key websites offer jobs nationally:
ESSA Jobs Online
• Strength and Conditioning Jobs
There are also government search portals for each state:
• QLD Government
• NSW Government
• VIC Government
• ACT Government
• WA Government
• NT Government
• TAS Government
If you’re looking Sports and Exercise Science jobs abroad, these databases are a great place to start would be to check out our information on moving overseas.
Your Resume and Cover Letter
Your first impression will often be in writing, so it is crucial to have a good cover letter and resume. Your application should be tailored to the job, and what you can bring to the role.
It is also worth taking the time to write an individualised cover letter for each application- be honest, genuine and make sure your spelling and grammar is perfect. Having someone else review the application can be beneficial.
The interview is the best opportunity for you show your value to the employer so prepare, prepare, prepare.
Some key tips are:
Research the company and be prepared to answer any questions on their mission statement/ values.
Know your field of expertise inside and out as your employer will be looking for competency and reliability.
Be honest and upfront about your knowledge and experience, your employer will respect your transparency.
Have the right attitude- if you’re positive and upbeat you’ll make the best first impression.
Dress appropriately to the job. For example, if you’re going for a position in a gym dress in gear you would be happy to consult a client in.
It’s important to remember that you are also interviewing them, so ask questions about the specific job role. the job, the workplace, and their expectations of their employees. The more you know about the role the better you will be demonstrate how you can help them, and find a job that will satisfy you personally and professionally.
Practice interview questions exercise physiology
/ exercise science
/ / general
AEPs are recognised by several regulatory authorities to provide subsidised services to clients. These include:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Private Health Insurance
Workers Compensation (WorkCover, Comcare) & Compulsory Third Party (CTP)
National Disability Insurance Scheme
As the allied health provider, it is your responsibility to comply with the rules and regulations when providing services under these schemes. If you are an employee of a business, it is crucial that you liaise with your employer to ensure the business practices are also compliant.
Please note: you need to be a financial AEP in order to provide any of these services. If you have not met any of your ongoing accreditation requirements your name will be removed from the list of eligible providers. This includes paying your annual accreditation fee by 31st of January each year.
When do I need a Medicare provider number?
Medicare provider numbers are allocated to allied health professionals to enable them to participate in the Medicare allied health and dental care initiative and to provide a method of identifying the place from which a service is provided. You need to obtain a Medicare provider number to be able to provide eligible services that attract a rebate under Medicare e.g. Chronic Disease Management items (both individual and group).
This provider number is also used to enable you to:
provide services to Department of Veterans Affairs clients
to enable clients to claim rebates from many private health insurance funds
Worksafe Victoria: For exercise physiologists who are registered with Medicare, their Medicare number(s) will be used as the provider number.
Provider numbers are only valid from the date of approval by Medicare. For more information on Medicare click here.
Primary Health Networks (PHNS)
PHNs are primary health care organisations tasked with the objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, and improving coordination of care. PHNs are a key component of the Australian Government’s commitment to integrated care and health care reform.
There are 31 PHN’s nationally that replaced the 61 Medicare Locals from 1 July 2015. The full list of PHNs are available on the Department of Health Website. In addition to key national priorities, the PHN’s will identify local needs, and tailor their approach to services accordingly. Their focus will be on commissioning services, rather than the PHN delivering services. It is essential that AEPs proactively engage with their PHN to stay informed of local initiatives and opportunities. More information can be found here.
Working in the Fitness Industry
Can you work as a personal trainer with a degree in exercise science? YES! Do you need a Cert IV? NO!
Here is some information for those wanting to work in the fitness industry:
1) A degree in exercise science is a higher qualification than a Cert IV, therefore you are more than qualified to assess exercise capacity and prescribe exercise to ‘healthy populations’.
2) There are no regulation requirements for the fitness industry.
3) Currently Fitness Australia (FA) encourages fitness centres to employ FA registered professionals. They can only encourage, not mandate.
4) ESSA’s position is that we believe all professionals should be registered with a professional association. This means they have met the minimum standards, are bound by a code of professional conduct and ethics, have professional development requirements and are informed about changes to the industry. Thus, if you want to work in the fitness industry, you can join ESSA, FA or Physical Activity Australia (PAA).
5) It is not mandatory to join a professional association to get insurance. Anyone can apply for insurance and the type of policy will depend on your qualifications. It is common that joining a professional association may provide you with a discount on insurance. For example, ESSA members have an opportunity to take out a tailored, discounted insurance policy with Guild Insurance for their specific membership/ accreditation type.
6) Any graduate from an ESSA accredited course meets minimum standards to work in the fitness industry and prescribe exercise to ‘healthy populations’. ESSA encourages you to engage with fitness industry employers and describe your knowledge, skills and experience.
7) ESSA has been talking with the major fitness chains about Accredited Exercise Scientists (AES) and Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) to explore work opportunities and increase recognition in the fitness industry.
You can find marketing material on what an AES is here.
A Senate inquiry into the Practice of Sports Science in Australia commenced in 2013 and tabled to the government a number of recommendations to ensure the integrity of sport and health and welfare of athletes is protected at all times. The Government released their response to the senate report in late 2016. The response agreed with key recommendations and acknowledged a number of resources that exist to help industry be aware of their rights and responsibilities.
Key resources to be aware of include:
National Anti-Doping Framework
- This aims to align domestic anti-doping efforts in Australia through a set of agreed principles, alongside clearly identified areas for cooperation between the Australian and State and Territory governments.
The framework is overseen by the National Sport Integrity Unit, a branch of the Department of Health.
The Sports Science Sports Medicine Best Practice Principles
were developed by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) as a practical guide to assist boards and senior management of sporting organisations in performing their oversight function in relation to sports science and sports medicine practices.
ASADA online course – anti-doping e-learning
(prohibited substances, prohibited methods, therapeutic use exemptions, doping control and whereabouts)
AIS – Sports Supplement Framework
(provides elements around provision, education, research and governance for sporting organisations to inform development of supplement programs and guidelines)
NISU/ASC – e-learning Illicit drugs in sports
(for sports people) (anti-doping, match-fixing and illicit drugs)
Other useful information can be found via the following links:
Integrity in Sport (Australian Sports Commission)
National Integrity of Sport Unit
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA)
High Performance Sport