It is ironic that there are more obese people when the fitness industry has never been at an all time-high. The demand for careers in the field has been higher than ever. If you are thinking of starting a career in fitness, there is no better time than now.
The CDC reports that of all U.S. residents age 20 and older, a shocking 67% can be considered overweight or obese. Overall, 34% of all Americans are obese – that’s a third of the population.America is unfortunately one fat nation, and this is great news for those looking into a career in personal training. Personal fitness has evolved into a status symbol, and experts who can provide these services are well paid and highly prized
Currently, there are a variety of personal training schools to choose from should you desire to pursue personal training fitness careers. In addition, there are a number of certification programs that are offered through traditional colleges and universities that help candidates get on track for successful personal training fitness careers.
Sometimes, personal training fitness careers may require a bachelor’s degree for various hiring institutions; however, the greater part of employers seeks candidates who have at least achieved certification from an accredited school or college.
Here are three popular choices for specializing in the personal training field:
1. Athletic Coach – While both trainers and athletic coaches work to keep people in shape, athletic coaches focus more on preparing athletes for competition as opposed to just losing few pounds to fit into a dress or a tuxedo. Most personal trainers do not need a college degree to practice their craft, just a certification from one of the major certifying boards. However, most athletic coaching positions require a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with majors in exercise physiology or kinesiology.
2. Physical Therapist – Physical therapists assist patients returning from injury. While physical therapists do promote overall health, the main focus of a physical therapist is not to help clients lose weight, but to improve range of motion, balance, and flexibility and strengthening of the injured area. Physical therapists must pass state and national licensing exams and require higher educational studies.
3. Nutrition Counseling – The focus as a nutrition counselor is geared more towards eating habits rather than on physical training. Nutrition counselors assist clients with achieving weight goals, developing better eating habits and creating client specific meal plans. You will need to be a high school graduate and depending on the state you live in, you may be required to have a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition. You will need to be properly licensed with the state in which you live.
So what is the future for the personal training industry? It will continue to attract even greater numbers of career personal trainers who have the desire to constantly improve their knowledge and understanding – making it a profession to be proud of. With levels of obesity sadly still rising to new epidemic levels, it seems the demand for personal training will inevitably continue to rise for many years to come.
About the Author:
Martha Blythe is a certified personal fitness trainer and is thinking what to specify her practice on. She is currently helping clients lose weight in a gym she is accredited in.