I'm on the road today and once again, someone has jumped in to do a guest post while I'm away from the computer.
That's the current buzzword and it's going to be for some quite some time. Brian Jenkins, from BrainTrack is here to share some information on fitness and nutrition careers.
A Short Education Path to a Career in Fitness
What can you do with a certificate or degree in fitness and nutrition? You can become a fitness coach, personal trainer, or nutrition consultant. Many people have full-time jobs in the industry; however, these careers are also for people who just want to work part-time. According to Payscale.com, personal trainers earn a median wage of about $27 an hour, fitness specialists $20 an hour, and fitness coaches $18 an hour.
A certificate or a diploma or a degree in fitness-related subjects will increase your chances of attracting clients, because people typically prefer to work with individuals they perceive as highly qualified trainers.
Fitness and Nutrition Certificates
These programs cover topics like exercise, principles of sports nutrition, training for strength and endurance, and dietary plans that promote optimum physical health. You'll also learn about muscle groups, aerobics, strength training, cross training, sports injuries and injury prevention, dietary supplements, nutrition, and developing nutritional plans. Some programs are more focused on fitness training, whereas others focus more on nutrition. Many of these programs also cover how to start and maintain a business. You can complete a certificate program in six months to one year.
The Fitness and Nutrition Certificate and Possible Careers
Once you obtain a fitness and nutrition certificate you will be eligible to work as a personal trainer or a fitness coach at health clubs. You could also choose to be self-employed and offer your services to the public. Opportunities also exist in the field of sports medicine, natural health, and nutritional counseling. Also, some parents hire fitness coaches to work with overweight children.
Those with a certificate or diploma also have employment opportunities in nutrition consulting, corporate wellness programs, food supplement sales, and in weight loss centers. According to Salary Wizard the median annual earnings for nutrition technicians is $31,229.
Some personal trainers and fitness coaches initially work at health clubs, obtain a base of clients, and then provide private training services.
Fitness and Nutrition Diploma Online Programs
The online programs typically focus on topics such as energy balance and weight management, carbohydrates, water and minerals, nutrition choice, digestive systems, herb usage, meal preparation, and natural science. They provide a solid foundation in nutrition, fitness, and health. Some schools offer hybrid programs which combine online courses with on-campus training.
Heath Fitness Bachelors Degrees
Health fitness bachelor's degree programs are available on-campus and online. They provide in-depth instruction on health and fitness. Graduates are eligible to become personal trainers or work in community recreation. Many of the quality programs provide externships which provide training with a qualified fitness instructor or trainer.
Fitness Workers Job Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has forecasted a 29% employment growth for fitness workers from 2008 to 2018 which is much higher than the average for all occupations. This expected increase is due to the fact that more and more people are spending time and money on fitness and more companies are understanding the benefits of health and fitness programs for employees. Aging baby boomers trying to stay fit or get fit will be a major force in the employment growth of fitness workers. Also, according to the BLS, in 2008 there were about 260,000 fitness jobs.
Many employers require personal trainers and fitness instructors to obtain certifications. There are numerous organizations that provide these opportunities, but you should select an organization that has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
Fitness related workers have a high projected employment growth. Do your homework before selecting a school.
Brian Jenkins writes about careers, including careers in athletic training, for BrainTrack.com.