Beyond Personal Trainer: Careers in Health Fitness
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics cites the occupational outlook for fitness workers—including personal trainers, exercise instructors and club directors—as growing faster than average for those with the right education:
"An increasing number of employers are requiring fitness workers to have bachelor's degrees in fields related to health or fitness, such as exercise science or physical education. Some employers allow workers to substitute a college degree for certification, but most employers who require a bachelor's degree also require certification."*
Along with personal trainers in gyms and health clubs, sports trainers, youth recreation leaders, wellness coordinators and other fitness professionals help clients achieve optimum performance and life-changing well-being.
Why is the personal/sports trainer and fitness career field growing?
Active baby boomers, an epidemic of obesity and related health problems, and the need for effective youth fitness programs are just a few of the factors creating opportunities for fitness professionals.Possible job titles include the following:
- Personal trainer
- Wellness coach
- Corporate fitness consultant
- Group fitness leader
- Strength and conditioning coach
- Community recreation leader
- Youth athletic coach
- Owner or manager of a fitness center or health club
Training for a career in fitness
Broadview, a nationally accredited university, offers bachelor's and associate degrees in Health Fitness Specialist. Exercise science classes, delivered online, include content from top industry pros. Instructors have extensive real-world experience. Coursework includes preparation for nationally recognized personal trainer certification exams, and hands-on supervised practice is provided in internships and elective certification seminars. Graduates are well prepared for careers as sports trainers, personal trainers and other fitness professionals.
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*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition