The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that fitness trainers and instructors held about 267,000 jobs in 2012, and projects a 13 percent employment growth from 2012 to 2022. Find out why an increasing number of people choose to become personal trainers.
Are you someone who is physically active and passionate about health and fitness? Do you want to help people achieve fitness goals while teaching them how to live healthier lives? If so, then you might want to consider becoming a personal trainer. A career in personal training can be emotionally, professionally and financially rewarding. Read on to discover more reasons to pursue a personal training career.
Benefits of Becoming a Personal Trainer
Variety of Work Environments and Schedules
Most personal trainers are allowed to set their own schedules through the facility that they work for, be it at a gym, hospital, community center, fitness or recreation center, school, country club, holiday resort, sports center, yoga or Pilates studio, client’s home, or private organization, or a combination of any of these. Some fitness trainers and instructors work in offices, organizing and directing health and fitness programs for company employees. Some group fitness instructors and personal fitness trainers are employed full time, offering classes or training sessions during the week or on the weekend. As a personal trainer, you may choose flexible schedules to suit your calendar.
Doing What You Love Doing
One of the keys to professional success is finding something you love to do and doing it! If you truly hate sitting in a cubicle from 9 to 5, and would rather be sweating it out in a health club, motivating and helping others become healthier and more active, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go ahead and do just that.
Making a Difference in Other People’s Lives
There’s no better reward for physical buffs than to help other people live healthier lives. Personal trainers provide the much-needed information, motivation and support to clients. Being a part of their journey in their quest to reach their fitness and health goals, whether it’s losing weight, recovering after an injury or looking and feeling better about themselves, can be emotionally rewarding to the trainers as well.
Having Fun and Doing, Unique, Exciting Things at Work
Working in the fitness industry means you can work and play at the same time. A job as a personal trainer opens up doors to various unique opportunities: you can become a trainer for a sports team, a fitness trainer and instructor at a resort in a tropical island or cruise ship – the possibilities are endless!
The fitness industry is one that provides the best opportunities for people who want to run their own business. You can start out working for a facility, yes, but you with hard work and commitment and a few years to establish a solid client base, you can move up and become the head of fitness programs in schools or major health clubs or start your own gym or fitness studio or center.