All health clubs need a fitness trainer. Right now there is a great demand for them just about everywhere. Usually, their basic tasks are to instruct or assist people, or, groups of people, in all sorts of physical activity. And as long as there are many different kinds of physical activity - they will be needed. Fitness workers will usually specialize in some sector of fitness - yoga, aerobics, or weightlifting, for example. Another thing that affects the fitness working conditions is whether the trainer works with individuals or with groups of people. And of course, the fitness working conditions will vary from one fitness centers to the next.
But no matter what the fitness working conditions are, the fitness worker needs to possess certain qualities. First of all, the trainer needs to be outgoing and dynamic. The main goal of a fitness trainer is to motivate people into doing repetitious physical activity. That also means that the fitness trainer has to be very sensitive to the needs of people. Each group, or client, needs a special approach. And of course the physical and mental condition of fitness worker has to be excellent - you cannot train people and teach them how to be fit - if your are not fit yourself. So the fitness trainer has to be in good shape.
Job opportunities for fitness workers are also different. As long as there are many different specialties for fitness workers, the wages will be different. The usual wage for a fitness trainer working with groups in a medium size fitness center can be around $10 per hour. And if you are a personal trainer this sum can easily go much higher. Fitness instructors and weightlifting trainers usually work with one client at a time while aerobics instructors usually work with groups. So, the fitness worker's specialty affects not only the fitness working conditions, but also the hourly wage - keep that in mind while choosing your future specialization.
Like most other jobs, the hourly wage of a fitness worker will also depend on your level of education. There are many schools and institutes available that can provide different programs for fitness workers, with different specialties. Many fitness centers these days will also require a special certification in fitness. Usually such a certificate lasts about two years, and after that, the fitness worker needs to recertify. For some positions a special
certification might be necessary - like CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification, for example. So even though you have a degree in fitness you will still need to improve your skills regularly to fit different standards of modern fitness clubs and centers.
So what should you expect from a fitness working position? Most employers these days ask for a bachelor degree in the area of physical education. But other disciplines, like social work, forestry, and resource management, can also be suitable for some recreation workers. And for those administrative positions in recreation, a special education is also needed.
The popularity of the fitness and recreation field is growing these days so there are wonderful opportunities for employment in that sector.