But where can a career move to the Fitness Industry take you? To have a career with a long future is important. There can be many and varied opportunities to a career in Fitness. There are four popular career pursuits in the industry: Group Exercise, Personal Training, Programming/Fitness Management, and Club Ownership. Many fitness professionals work in “hybrid” jobs, they build a career by meshing multiple roles. It is not uncommon for fitness professionals to be involved in two, three-or all four of these categories throughout the course of their career, or even all at once. Not only is it a lifestyle choice, it’s a rapidly growing segment of employment.
The Fitness industry is also riding a wave of popularity. Reality TV shows like The Biggest Loser, have turned trainers into the new celebrities. The number of Fitness Instructors has exploded since 1999, when there were 8,000 instructors around the country, according to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. There are now over 30,000 fitness instructors, with those numbers likely to increase by 25% to an extra 57,592 instructors by 2020. Did you know that women make up more than half of Australia’s 30,000 exercise professionals, who include personal trainers and group fitness instructors! WOW! There are several factors driving the growth, including the increasing number of people who are overweight or obese, and Australia’s ageing population. Not only do older people have more time to work on their fitness, they believe that being fit will enable them to better enjoy their retirement. Also driving growth is the mining boom. Many mining companies build gyms on site to provide fly-in, fly-out workers with an opportunity to stay fit.
It is also believed the growth in online learning is making it easier for people to study a fitness course without giving up their day job. Compared to 20 years ago, career paths in the fitness industry are now better defined and therefore easier to pursue. The fitness industry today has a more sophisticated network or structure than in the past. While full-time positions in fitness used to be scarce, today they are available at Regional and National levels. The fitness industry attracts people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
What is Fitness?
If you can run around the school oval without getting too puffed, does that mean you are fit? Exactly what does fitness involve? Well, FITNESS means more than just being able to run without stopping to catch your breath. Fitness means getting all parts of your body in great working order so you can study and work and play as much as you want and still have energy to spare – that is Fitness. It means your heart; your lungs, circulation and muscles are all healthy and strong. Importantly, being fit means you can do things you can’t do if you’re unfit!
Fitness is NOT about image, it’s NOT about the shape of your body, it’s NOT about how good you look OR it’s NOT about the size of clothing you wear. Fitness IS about being able to keep a healthy, balanced lifestyle and live a healthy life. It means different things at different stages of life, for example, for a mature person fitness can mean being able to get down on the floor and play with grand kids then being able to get back up!
Exercising and Working in the Fitness Industry
WORKING up a sweat at the gym is the second most popular fitness activity for Australians – behind walking. It’s a popular form of activity where you can network, socialise and meet people from all walks of life! IT’S A FUN WAY TO KEEP FIT AND HEALTHY! And it’s an enjoyable industry to build your career.
If you are uncertain of what you want to do with your career after completing high school; the fitness industry is a fun and enjoyable industry to start your career. WHERE DO YOU GO FOR TRAINING? To The K1Sport College of Health and Fitness! Now available in Melbourne! And when you complete a Diploma or Cert in Fitness, with K1Sport WE GUARANTEE YOU EMPLOYMENT!
Whatever it is you want to do with your fitness career, The K1Sport College of Health and Fitness can point you in the right direction. If you’re in Melbourne, email us NOW, we are happy to assist.
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