There are a great variety of options for those interested in fitness jobs or careers as it relates to sports and otherwise. The jobs vary from Clinical Exercise specialist, Physical therapist and Athletic trainer to Strength coach and Sport Specific to general personal training. Those interested in working with athletes as it relates to health and fitness also have the option to work at different levels as a nutritional expert making sure that each athlete is getting the best nutrients so he or she can perform at their best.
Fitness workers lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. They work in commercial and nonprofit health clubs, for professional sports teams, country clubs, hospitals, universities, yoga and pilates studios, resorts, and clients’ homes. Increasingly, fitness workers also are found in workplaces, where they organize and direct health and fitness programs for employees of all ages.
Although gyms and health clubs offer a variety of exercise activities such as weightlifting, yoga, cardiovascular training, and karate, people working fitness jobs typically specialize in only a few areas. The same is true for health and fitness experts what work for professional or collegiate teams.
The following sections will help to describe the health and fitness landscape for those interested in starting a career in fitness as well as for those hoping to move forward in their careers as a health and fitness expert.