The Clark College Fitness Trainer program is designed to prepare students for employment as personal fitness trainers. Graduates of this program are qualified to work as personal trainers in health clubs, corporate fitness/wellness settings, parks and recreation, and in senior living facilities.
Employment outlook for Fitness Trainers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Fitness Trainer job prospects are expected to be good. Regional data supports this trend. From 2006-2010, Fitness Trainer and Aerobic Instructor positions have grown by 9 percent during a severely slow economic growth period (source: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc).
Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas. Job prospects should be best for workers with professional certification or increased levels of formal education in health or fitness. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Trends: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following trends:
Recognition of health benefits:
As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees,
incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs is expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.
Some businesses may even decide to open their own onsite facility to decrease the need for their employees to travel for exercise.
As baby boomers age, they will be encouraged to remain active to help prevent injuries and illnesses associated with aging.
With the increasing number of older residents in nursing homes or residential care facilities and communities, jobs for
fitness trainers and instructors are expected to arise from the need for workers in the fitness centers in these locations.
Other employment growth is likely to come from the continuing emphasis on exercise for young people to combat obesity and encourage healthy lifestyles
Yoga & Pilates:
Participation in yoga and Pilates is expected to continue to increase, driven partly by older adults who want low-impact forms of exercise and relief from arthritis and other ailments.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median national annual earnings of fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in 2010 was $30,090 or $14.95/hr. The middle 50 percent earned between $19,610 and $44,420. Local data indicates: State of Washing data indicate that Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors make $21,807 per year (entry level) and $39,047 per year (average). The regional data indicates that the average personal trainer/aerobics instructor makes $15.34/hr. In nearby Oregon, the average wage is $37, 110 ($17.80/hr).
Students may also continue their education in the fields of exercise science, community health, dietetics, and health promotion. Students who graduate with at least a bachelorís degree in health may also wish to pursue Health Coaching-- an emerging profession designed to help employees or patients improve adherence to healthy behaviors. Many of the skill-sets developed in the Fitness Trainer program are directly transferable to a Health Coaching career, such as motivational interviewing skills and practical application of health and fitness guidelines to real life situations. The highly motivated student who enjoys math and science may also consider pursuing a graduate level degree in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Doctor of Physical Therapy, or Registered Dietician.