A clinical exercise physiologist (CEP) is an allied health professional trained to work with persons diagnosed with a chronic disease for which exercise training has been shown to be therapeutically beneficial. Such conditions include cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, immunological and orthopedic disorders, among others. Primarily, CEPs work in medically supervised environments providing programs or services directed by a licensed physician. The ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-CEP) credential is the gold standard certification and has the most rigorous educational requirements in the fitness industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the 2020-30 employment outlook for exercise physiologists is growing at a faster-than-average growth rate of 13%.
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