Congratulations on acquiring your hard earned MBA!! Now that the student loans have racked up and you can’t actually find a job in your field, you look at your well toned quads and think, “hey, maybe I can start chipping away at this debt by teaching other people how to do this.”
Sure, it’s not that easy, but if you actually loved the process – you’re onto something. It would take some time, but you do have a few options – to either make a lifetime career out of it, or to pass time while you climb the Goldman Sachs wait list. Below are some of the best ways to turn your passion for fitness into a career.
Option 1: Personal Trainer
In an age where watching someone shed 200 lbs while living with their trainer qualifies for great television, it’s understandable why the fitness industry is booming. Personal Training is a particularly popular field because A) If you’re passionate about health and fitness, you probably want to share your passion and genuinely help others – there’s guaranteed organic growth B) Even if you don’t want to help others, you may be great at what you do and money is a strong motivator or C) Every 7th post on your news feed is by some superstar trainer that you follow in Brazil, and he/she can’t train everyone, but you can certainly scoop up a few of those interested potential clients.
To become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), you must pass an exam from one of many certifying associations. In this field, experience is the best teacher. Though many health clubs require trainers to be certified upon hire, some will provide the training on site. There are also many un-certified trainers, who have solid knowledge about the training process.They operate outside of the branch gyms, and have built successful careers. You can find a comparison of a few personal training certifications here:
Option 2: Athletic Trainer
If you’ve ever wondered how athletes go through tough practices day after day followed by intense games for an entire season, well these are the behind-the-scene heroes. An athletic trainer calls upon a variety of skills to keep athletes functioning at a high level. A Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) usually has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an approved degree program, and a passing score from a certifying exam. You can get more information about becoming an Athletic trainer here:
Option 3: Dietician
Different from the nutritionist, becoming a dietician requires extensive study in a degree program. Known for creating positive relationships with food, helping prevent or cure diseases, or changing the world one meal at a time, dietitians are probably the most important people on this list. While not everyone works out or plays sports, everyone single person eats. By knowing the ins and outs of the human body and how it relates to a person’s nutritional intake, you can change the course of almost anyone’s life by influencing their intake choices. Some nutritionists may not always be certified, but again, becoming a true student of your trade will make you just as valuable in this career path. We salute you, food counselors of the world!
Option 4: Yoga Instructor
I’m sure if you’re considering being a yoga instructor, then yoga must have impacted your life in a positive way. So much so that you’re willing to take the journey to learn the history and technique, all while discovering yourself in a way that allows you to help others do the same. Yoga is more than a class, so it’s a lifestyle that an instructor must embody to become successful. In this path you will invest a lot of time, and money, but the impact that you will have on others is an amazing return on that investment..
Option 5: Strength and Conditioning Coach
Bigger, Faster, Stronger. Though this is also the name of a very beefed up documentary, the words are synonymous with the Strength and Conditioning Specialist. When called upon to execute highly athletic maneuvers, often in combination with skill and equipment, a large part of what kicks in is the training received from these professionals. Through very specific programming designed to enhance athletic performance and decrease the chance of injury, Strength and Conditioning Coaches are a large part of an athlete’s foundation. To become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, you must hold a four year degree in any field and pass the CSCS (Certified STrength and Conditioning Specialist) Exam. You can find more information here:
Option 6: Group Fitness Instructor
If you constantly have the energy levels of a 6 year old on his fourth bowl of Froot Loops, then you are needed in the group fitness studios of the world! Whether it’s spinning, Zumba, Tabata or local park bootcamps, as a group fitness instructor, your goal is to make them work hard and keep them energized. You can enter this field by getting certifications from specific group fitness modalities, or just getting a group of people together and training them collectively with a well-structured session.
Which Health and Fitness career path would you be interested in? Comment below!