Recent studies suggest the average person can expect to change their career three to seven times in their lifetime. This is due to the instability of the job market and people who are looking for more control and autonomy in the workplace. If you are looking for a career that: (1) is dedicated to helping people get healthier, be more active and live a better quality of life; (2) is in an industry that will grow by 20% by 2018 and (3) is motivating, energetic, creative and fun … you may want to consider becoming a certified personal trainer.
As adults, the time we dedicate to our career makes up the majority of our time, second to the hours we need for rest, recovery and sleep. Many of us enter into the workforce out of high school, college or university with little experience and limited choices. Only a few of us get our “dream” job the first time out. We all look for a career that:
- That we are passionate about and that we enjoy
- That involves close, caring relationships with others
- That provides an opportunity to create something of meaning and value
- Where we are respected and appreciated
- Where we can be successful
- Where we are in control of our destiny
A better quality of life is important for all people, young or old, big or small, male or female. The challenge for most people is not that they aren’t aware of the need, it’s the motivation to take the action necessary to be healthier and more fit. According to the Bureau of Labor 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook the fitness industry will experience at least a 20 percent growth by 2018. It’s easy to see why this may be the case when the industry, as a whole, is focused on motivating people to get healthier and more active to ensure a better quality of life.
A career as a certified personal trainer has become increasingly popular as more and more fitness clubs and specialty studios have surfaced in communities around the world. It speaks to our inherent human need to help others and feel good about ourselves. Personal trainers help people live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives. Personal trainers change lives for the better!
But before you take the “leap” into this new and exciting career path it’s important to understand that there are several things to consider in order to do it right. Great personal trainers are not born, they are made. It takes a significant amount of time and dedication to become a successful certified personal trainer practicing at a high standard of quality and care. The path to a successful personal training career includes the following:
- Getting Certified
- Practice. Practice. Practice.
- Understanding the Business of Personal Training
- Creating a Brand Identity
- Open for Business
Because of the appeal of this career path, evident by the growth projected in the next 10 years, the unfortunate reality is that personal trainers range from being “dangerous” to “real life changers”. There are several factors at play but the main reason is that most people are unaware as to the right path to take and what they need to do to become the best personal trainer possible. That’s the motivation for the creation of the “Becoming a Personal Trainer” series.
The “Becoming a Personal Trainer” series will outline the steps necessary to becoming a successful personal trainer. By reading through the series you will be able to follow a direct path to becoming a well educated personal trainer with the business “savvy” to build a profitable business without experiencing many of the pitfalls novice personal trainers may experience.