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Fitness & Nutrition Instructor Careers


Average Annual Salary for Fitness & Nutrition Instructor:

Depending on what position a Fitness & Nutrition Instructor seeks, entry level to median annual wages were $26,070 to $40,000 annually in 2005.

Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of fitness workers in May 2004 were as follows (OOC):

  • Schools / instruction $22,320
  • Civic / social organizations $20,530
  • Other amusement / recreation industries $28,670

    Necessary Education for Fitness & Nutrition Instructor Careers:

    Personal Trainers»» and Fitness Instructors must obtain a certification and or degree in the fitness field to obtain employment.


    What is Fitness & Nutrition Instructor in a nutshell?

    Personal trainers provide individualized fitness programs that include education and guidance on proper food intake, cardio-respiratory exercise, supplementation and resistance training.

Types of Fitness & Nutrition Instructor jobs:

  • Coaches
  • Recreation Workers
  • Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Elementary & Middle School Teachers
  • Home Economics Teachers
  • Personal & Home Care Aides
  • Health Specialties Teachers

Fitness & Nutrition Instructor Skills & Responsibilities:

  • Instruct or coach groups or individuals - Instruct exercise activities and the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.

  • Working with people - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

  • Assisting & caring for others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

  • Coaching and developing others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

  • Monitor processes, materials, or surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

  • Updating and using relevant knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

  • Handling and moving objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Future Outlook for Fitness & Nutrition Instructor jobs:

Employment of fitness workers-who are concentrated in the rapidly growing arts, entertainment, and recreation industry-is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. An increasing number of people spend more time and money on fitness, and more businesses are recognizing the benefits of health and fitness programs and other services such as wellness programs for their employees. - Occupational Outlook Handbook


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