Wrestler, Gym Owner
Description: Fitness workers lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching.
Knowledge Required: Business administration, accounting, exercise science, physiology, marketing
Skills: Customer service, communication, time management, critical thinking. Excellent health and physical fitness are important because of the physical nature of the job.
Career Path: For most fitness workers, certification is critical. Personal trainers usually must be certified to begin working with clients though group fitness instructors may begin without certification. A bachelor's degree in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, along with experience, is often required to advance to management positions in a health club or fitness center.
Best Cities for this job: Metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are the largest employers of fitness workers.
Future Growth: Employment of fitness workers is expected to increase 29 percent over the 2008–18 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
From the field: "The common progression is to train you to be an employee. You don’t have to. There [are] ways and avenues for you to make something happen and build a business around something that you love." - Kyle Maynard, Owner, No Excuses GymView more Day in the Life videos »