An exercise physiologist may be a full-time staff member on longer cruises that last anywhere from several weeks to several months. It is more likely, however, for an exercise physiologist to be on staff for cruises that last several months or longer. An exercise physiologist oversees the maintenance, improvement, and analysis of health and fitness. These professionals are not personal trainers. An exercise physiologist is a health care professional with a degree in exercise physiology. Exercise physiologists are also certified by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). Once certification has been received, exercise physiologists may used the designation “EPC” which means, Board Certified Exercise Physiologist.
Exercise physiologists are typically members of the personal care department on cruise ships, which is also home to nurses, physicians, massage therapists, fitness instructors, and spa attendants. As a member of a team dedicated to the health and well-being of all passengers onboard, the exercise physiologist will:
- Administer exercise stress tests
- Design customized exercise programs to meet health care needs and athletic performance goals
- Develop individualized exercise prescriptions to increase physical fitness, strength, endurance, and flexibility
- Evaluate a person’s overall health, with special attention to cardiovascular function and metabolism
Diabetes or other conditions do not necessarily stop otherwise healthy individuals from enjoying their lives. Travel is not out of the question. This means, if a cruise line has an exercise physiologist onboard, he will likely help support the health benefits of regular exercise for individuals that have been prescribed “exercise” by their doctors. These individuals may have to stick to an exercise program, whether at home or on vacation, so the doctor will refer them to an exercise physiologist to make sure the patient benefits from a personalized program, based on medically sound advice.
While exercise physiologists typically work on longer cruises, they are also more likely to be found on luxury cruises. Luxury cruises are in the business of catering to guests every whim, and health and fitness is high on the priority list.
In exchange for their expertise, exercise physiologists on cruise ships receive a salary ranging from $3,123-$4,035 per month plus free room and board, access to crew spaces/recreational activities, and access to medical services, of course.
To apply for exercise physiologist jobs on cruise ships, you should consider signing upo with a placement agency. A placement agency has access to many of the top jobs in your field. They can do the work for you, and the cruise line will compensate them. If you prefer to search for a position on your own, if you have a specific cruise line in mind, locate the cruise lines’ official website first. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, go the employment page. If you find a position you are interested, simply follow the application procedure to the letter, and follow up with the cruise line in a week or so.
If the cruise line does not list job openings, send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is located at the cruise lines headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.