Staying fit and healthy is a hobby for many of us — but if you’re really into it, you can potentially make money while doing it. After all, the fitness industry is a lucrative market full of opportunities. You just have to find your area of expertise; once it is found, you’ll be able to earn a living while doing what you love.
Below are five careers in the fitness industry that might be a good fit for you:
Ever thought about turning your love of the gym into a paid opportunity? With more and more of us living sedentary lifestyles and eating less healthy diets, the demand for personal trainers is always on the rise. Getting your foot in the door is tough – finding a position at a gym and attracting your first clients through teaser sessions and gym classes is the best route in. There are a number of fitness courses available that can give you the qualifications to work at a gym. From here you can find your niche and start marketing yourself to attract clients.
You may also want to do your research on different fitness trends involving classes; examples include SoulCycle, Pure Barre, and Zumba. Getting a job as a cycling or Zumba instructor may also be a good route, especially if you prefer classes over gym sessions.
Nutritionists help clients stick to rigid diet plans dependant on their condition. Most commonly they work with those trying to lose weight, however hospitals, nursing homes and schools may also hire nutritionists from time to time.
Typically some form of education within the field of nutrition is required; the length varying greatly based off of your ultimate goals.
If you love a particular sport, why not help teach it to others? This could involve running your own club, being a private tutor, working in a school or even coaching a local team. Depending on the sport, you’ll need specific qualifications and you’ll have to be of a superior level – for some positions you may even need a degree.
Physical therapists aid those with exercise-related injuries, helping them to make a swift recovery. You’ll need about 4+ years of school to be qualified, from which point you can find a job either working at a gym, hospital, therapy clinic, working for a professional team or freelancing. This industry is currently growing at a fast rate – by 2020 there are expected to be 40% more physical therapists.
By far the hardest profession to crack, becoming a professional athlete requires being the best in your chosen field. Most professional athletes start young and train religiously, pushing themselves and the sport to the very limits. Of course, there are some local sports in which you may not have to train from such a young age.
Some people are able to find a part-time position playing for a local football team, making a little extra money on the side. Getting sponsorship is important and you may have to pour in a lot of money to eventually make a return. If you’re good enough – coaches will pick you up and raise the money themselves to get you through the hoops.
Have you ever thought of a career in the fitness industry?