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Be a sports star with an exercise science career

Exercise Science

In the lead up to the 2032 Olympics, Brisbane is the place for launching exercise science careers

Kaine Doblo and Mirabelle Chandler are two sport and exercise scientists from QUT who are using their STEM skills to change people’s lives! Read about where this qualification has taken them, what it’s like to study exercise science at QUT and why this is an awesome career path to consider if you’re passionate about sport, don’t want to sit at a desk all day, and want a job that helps people and the community.

Cool coach

Kaine Doblo

Kaine Doblo gets paid to help athletes and everyday people become better versions of themselves.

If you want a health career with lots of variety, study a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at QUT and become a strength and conditioning coach like Kaine!

No two days are the same but involve some combination of personal training (PT) sessions for people training to enter the Defence Force, running group fitness classes, writing client programs and working alongside physios to rehabilitate people with injuries.

The coolest part of his career? Working with the Coorparoo Women’s AFL team.

“Here the main focus is developing athletic potential in addition to improving the athlete’s fitness level through evidence-based practice,” Kaine explains.

When it comes to STEM, Kaine says having a good understanding of the physiological processes that underpin human movement has helped him tailor performance programs.

Kaine’s study and career path

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, QUT
  • Personal trainer / strength and conditioning coach, YMCA Brisbane
  • Strength and conditioning coach, Revolve Athletic
  • ASCA Level 2 Strength and Conditioning Coach Accreditation (ongoing)

Skilled student

Mirabelle Chandler

We asked Sport and Exercise Science student Mirabelle Chandler what it’s like to study at QUT.

CwS: Best thing about your degree so far?

MC: Definitely our practicum, training a real paying client to help them achieve their goals over four weeks. We got to take all pre-test screenings, then designed a program and took our client through some challenging exercise sessions.

CwS: What do you like about studying at QUT?

MC: QUT has awesome sports facilities. Having active classes is beneficial as we can put what we are learning in lectures and readings into practice.

Day in the life

Ever wondered what it’s like to kickstart your exercise career at QUT in Brisbane? Well, here’s a day in the life of Mirabelle who is studying at the QUT Kelvin Grove campus.

7am: Wake up and head straight into QUT Kelvin Grove.

8am: Take part in an active class like Coach or Skill Acquisition to get the blood pumping.

9.30am: Head to the café for a smoothie and a toastie while getting some study done, watching my lecture and preparing for my next class.

2pm: Organise a group project meeting to make sure we are all on the same page.

4pm: After uni, I head to the gym or to work!

Mirabelle’s study and career path

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, QUT (ongoing)
  • Chiropractic assistant, Chiropractic Life

This article was brought to you in partnership with QUT and a version of it was originally published in Careers with STEM: Health.

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