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Wrestler, Gym Owner

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 Gym

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