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Build your career in Fitness Industry!                                                               Career Path in Fitness Industry
We have recently seen an immense increase in the profitability of the fitness industry. This also means that there is an attractive prospect in terms of jobs and businesses in the industry. 
Statistics suggest that the number of jobs within this industry is expected to increase by more than 23% over the next 10 years. Let’s look at the current situation of fitness centers and jobs in the fitness industry:

Number of health clubs, gyms, and training studios
According to the annual surveys conducted by the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), there has been a significant increase in the number of health clubs, gyms, and other fitness centers. The number of people deciding to join a fitness center has also risen to a significant amount. According to the IHRSA statistics, the number of a health club or gym memberships has increased from 41.3 million in 2005 to 50.2 million in 2012. The most current reports show a number of people who have at least used a health club in 2012 increased those with memberships by 8 million in the same year.

Number of personal trainers
With these statistics, it might be safe to say that there are attractive prospects for jobs in the fitness industry. 
The number of personal trainers has also risen incredibly over the past few years. That’s why you find so many people who are trying to turn their passion for fitness into a successful career. Economists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that occupations like fitness instructors and personal trainers are the driving force in the success of the fitness industry. According to their calculations, the number of people in these occupations is expected to increase by 31.7% by 2020.
Whether you just graduated from a university with a health-related degree, recently obtained your first fitness certification or are contemplating how to get more out of your current position in the fitness industry, deciding on the right career pathway is an important - and sometimes overwhelming - process. The good news is, the fitness industry offers an abundance of opportunities for a variety of personality types, aspirations, skill sets and interests. Discover how to make your next (or very first!) career move in the fitness industry, and learn where those exciting initial steps may eventually lead you.
First Steps to Determining Your Career Path
The first advice is to analyze your career decisions in the same way that people sometimes do in more traditional occupations. For example, do you want to work for a large company or a small one? The answer may lie with what best suits your vision and goals. Are you more entrepreneurial in spirit? Would you like to be engaged in a startup or small company you can have ownership in, or do you want the protection and broad growth of a Fortune 500 or 50 companies? Some people want a career path forged for them so they can see clearly where they are going. Others take more of an entrepreneurial path, where they might juggle a multitude of disciplines to make it all work.
Consider your personality as well! Are you hands-on and interactive, or inspired by the business of fitness but not wanting or needing to be with clients and members every day? In other words, you can work in a gym, or you can run the company. Regardless of where you’d like to end up, don’t underestimate the importance of how you will get there. Like most successful fitness pros, you may take on jobs that are stepping stones to the position(s) you ultimately desire. However, how you conduct yourself in those early roles can influence your future successes. Have a clear picture of what you want your career to look like. Then, no matter what jobs you do along the way, give your best effort - put your heart and soul into it - and people will recognize that.

Tracking Your Future Career Trajectory
There can be endless permutations to a career in fitness, but it is possible to separate them into four popular pursuits of the industry:
group exercise
personal training
programming/fitness management
club ownership

Careers in Group Exercise
If you’re a newcomer to the fitness profession, you might not realize that teaching group exercise is one of the most effective ways to enter the industry, because it is not as competitive as it once was or as saturated as the personal-training market. Below are some benefits and challenges to choosing group exercise as part of your career path.
Benefits. Group exercise is not an oversaturated market for employment, so most fitness facilities and program directors are hungry for new, dedicated talent. You can reasonably expect to land a position as a group exercise instructor if you are qualified and able to effectively teach formats that are in demand in your area. You also have the option to strike out on your own, implementing and teaching classes outdoors, in your home or by renting a space in a local community center or gym.
Challenges. While step and high-low used to be the extent of group fitness formats, today’s schedules are much more diverse, which puts the onus on instructors to seek out multiple specializations and sometimes extra training and certifications (which may cost significant time and money). Many fitness instructors agree that it’s prudent to consider group exercise a part-time pursuit; of all the options in the industry, it is the most difficult to fashion into a long-term, full-time career. 

Careers in Personal Training
Not only is full-time personal training a viable option, but it’s also one of the most diverse occupations in the fitness industry. You can choose to get hired at a gym, training its members as an employee, or to work as a self-employed independent contractor. Whether you are employed or self-employed, you may eventually become a specialist, meaning you train exclusively with one or more specific types of clients or you develop a particular programming or equipment focus. For example, some trainers specialize in boot camp workouts, while others work primarily with athletes, older adults or women.

Benefits. Working as an employee for a small or large company allows you to experience the ins and outs of what it takes to run a business, with the added benefits of job security and a predictable paycheck. Learning the ropes while being employed can be helpful if you eventually hope to run your own business, and/or you have aspirations to advance in the company where you are employed.
Being employed also lets you focus on what you might enjoy most - the art and science of personal training - instead of worrying about (and paying for) other aspects of the business, such as administrative considerations and advertising.

Challenges. You may earn less than you would as a self-employed personal trainer if you are expected to hand over a sizable percentage of your session fees to your employer. You may also lack freedom when it comes to scheduling your work hours and time off. Finally, if you aspire to specialize in a certain type of program or client, your options may be limited if you must ultimately cater to a client base of diverse gym members.