If you value physical fitness and want to help others do the same, then entry-level jobs in fitness are for you! Jobs in fitness allow you to take something that you love—staying fit—and to turn it into a career. Those who work directly with others as personal trainers, aerobics instructors, or in similar positions also tend to find that the work is incredibly personally rewarding. Many with fitness-related positions get to see people transform their bodies and their lives every day and, what’s more, they get to play a direct role in helping individuals to make those changes. Fitness entry-level jobs take many forms, but personal trainers and exercise instructors make up a large chunk of the field. In fact, around 234,070 individuals are currently employed in these positions. These professionals can earn anywhere between $17,630 to $66,530 per year and may work in gyms, recreational facilities, civic or social organizations, schools, and more.
Where you live can play a role in how easy it will be for you to find a position and in how much you’ll get paid. Currently, Massachusetts, Kansas, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Illinois have the strongest need for and the highest employment rates of these professionals. If it’s earnings you’re after, however, you should know that the highest paying states for fitness jobs include New York, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.
And, of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to just being a personal trainer or an exercise instructor. You could become a gym teacher at a high school or elementary school, a sports coach, or a recreational therapist, to name a few. You could even become a professional athlete yourself!